Canada Trans Mountain pipeline supporters rally around Kinder Morgan

23:01  16 may  2018
23:01  16 may  2018 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline System, or simply the Trans Mountain Pipeline , is a pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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KMLProtest: Pipeline supporters rally in Calgary© Ryan Rumbolt Pipeline supporters rally in Calgary

Nearly 100 supporters gathered outside the conference centre hosting the Kinder Morgan annual general meeting in downtown Calgary on Wednesday to show their unwavering support for the Trans Mountain pipeline amid uncertainty about whether the project will go forward.

James Robson, spokesperson for rally organizers Canada Action says the group is dedicated to showing Canadians’ support for the project.

“(Kinder Morgan) need to have our support and, more importantly, the federal government needs to know that they need to step in because Canadians want this pipeline, Calgarians want this pipeline,” he said. “People all over Canada want this built.”

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BURNABY, B.C. — Protesters around Vancouver held duelling rallies on Saturday, some welcoming Kinder Morgan ’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with others decrying it. Several hundred pro-pipeliners, including a bus load of Albertans

Around 200 people gathered in downtown Vancouver on Saturday to voice their support for Kinder Morgan 's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (Doug Kerr/CBC). Organizer James Robson travelled from Alberta to attend, and said it's important for pro-energy

The rally started shortly after Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in Ottawa that the government is committed to getting the pipeline built even if Kinder Morgan pulls out of the controversial project.

Robson said another entity would “have the same problem (Kinder Morgan) have now” if the company pulls out and the company “might as well get the project built in the manner it was approved.”

Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on its $7.4-billion project after delays from the B.C. government, environmental groups and protesters.

Morneau said the federal government has a “clear role” to play in quelling the “politically motivated investment risk” posed by continued delays from B.C. Premier John Horgan’s “deliberate attempts to derail the project.”

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Constructing a section of Kinder Morgan 's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Jasper National Park in 2009.CreditKinder Morgan Canada. Supporters of the expansion argue that it will open Asia as a second market for Canadian oil.

Hundreds of Calgarians rallied Tuesday afternoon to call for action on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project at the “ Rally 4Resources” outside the McDougall Centre. The pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan , announced Sunday it would suspend all

Robson said Morneau’s comments placing all the blame on Horgan conveniently “takes the pressure” off Ottawa to bring Alberta and B.C. to an agreement.

“The federal government have shown they are willing to withhold money to other provinces when they don’t play ball, and British Columbia isn’t playing ball,” Robson said, adding it’s time Ottawa takes “tangible action” against B.C.

“There’s a wide variety of options and they’re not taking them,” he said.

Kinder Morgan gave the federal government a May 31 deadline to broker a deal but, in a news conference from Ottawa on Wednesday, Morneau said he believes there are “other private sector actors that would be willing to move forward” with the project if Kinder Morgan pulls out.

Read our complete coverage of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion here.

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Premier Notley spars with federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh over Trans Mountain .
Premier Rachel Notley wasn’t mincing words Wednesday after federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh chastised the federal Liberal government for subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, and in particular, offering a financial backstop to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Singh said at a rally in Ottawa that he simply can't support the project and wants it scrapped as it places too much liability on Canadian taxpayers. "There are talks of absorbing the risk of Kinder Morgan, which could put Canada, Canadians and the environment, to hold all the risk," he said.

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