Left and below, construction
of the existing portion of
the Trans Mountain pipeline
at Jasper National Park,
cited concerns over climate change, but project
opponents also voiced concerns about oil spills.
Kinder Morgan is now working to allay similar
concerns in British Columbia. Its proposed Trans
Mountain Pipeline expansion project would build
a 980-kilometer (609-mile) pipeline alongside
an existing one crossing from Alberta to British
Columbia, nearly tripling daily shipping capacity. It will ;rst have to overcome opposition from
British Columbia’s Liberal government, which
maintains that the organization has not demonstrated how it would respond to or prevent an oil
spill. (As part of an e;ort to build public trust,
Canada’s National Energy Board also now requires
pipeline-building organizations to post emergency
response plans online.)
;e new national government is also carefully
assessing the environmental impact of projects.
After the Malaysia-owned energy ;rm Petroliam
Nasional Berhad (Petronas) waited three years for
a permit to build the country’s ;rst lique;ed natural gas facility in British Columbia, in early 2016
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
determined that the CA$36 billion project would
harm a porpoise habitat. Frustrated, Petronas has
threatened to abandon the project—even though
it’s sunk CA$12 billion into it so far.
Despite the 21-month federal review process
that began earlier this year for the Energy East
project, TransCanada’s team is con;dent. Mr.
Sillner says the project will close on time in 2020.
so we have
to adapt to
—Rob Sillner, Energy East,