Our government has officially approved the Trans Mountain Expansion and Line 3 Replacement pipelines. After serious cabinet deliberation and extensive public consultation, we are moving forward on these important projects that will get our resources to market. More than 22,000 jobs will be created across Canada during construction of the two projects, and significant investment will be made in many sectors of our economy.
We have also approved the NGTL System Expansion Project which will increase natural gas transmission capacity along the existing NGTL system and create 3,000 jobs during construction. This project includes five new sections of pipeline and two new compressor stations in northern Alberta, primarily along the existing pipeline right of way.
Alongside these pipeline approvals, we are fulfilling our environmental responsibilities by rejecting the Northern Gateway proposal and imposing a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic along British Columbia’s north coast, preserving the Great Bear Rainforest and Sea for future generations.
Canadians have told us that while promoting economic prosperity we need to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Government of Canada is taking steps to do that, by lessening our reliance on fossil fuels, introducing carbon pricing and investing in the clean energy economy of tomorrow.
Our government’s final decision on the Trans Mountain Expansion and Line 3 projects was informed by the National Energy Board’s recommendation report, consultations with Indigenous peoples, public input gathered through the Ministerial Panel, and the comments received on the draft assessment of the upstream greenhouse gas emissions. In total, over 35,000 comments were submitted to Natural Resources Canada, from across Canada.
Through Indigenous engagement, modernizing the National Energy Board, and establishing clear principles for assessing major resource projects, we are restoring Canadians’ confidence in the review process.
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said, time and time again, it is the federal government’s job to help get our natural resources to market. However, we know that economic prosperity and environmental protection go hand in hand which is why we are:
> Investing $1.5 Billion into a world-leading Oceans Protection Plan to protect our coasts.
> Reforming the NEB to ensure that it reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in relevant fields like environmental sciences, community development, and traditional Indigenous knowledge.
> Implementing a carbon price — like the one supported by Preston Manning and others — to not only create a vibrant innovative economy, but to reduce harmful carbon pollution.
What is the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project?
The Trans Mountain Expansion project is a proposal by Kinder Morgan to twin the existing Trans Mountain oil pipeline and expand the Westridge Marine Terminal. The existing pipeline, built in 1953, runs from Edmonton, Alberta, to the Westridge Marine Terminal and the Chevron refinery in Burnaby, British Columbia. The investment on this project is roughly $6.8 billion, and will increase the nominal capacity of the route from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.
What is the Line 3 Replacement project?
The Line 3 Replacement project is a retrofit by Enbridge. They will replace 1,067 kilometers of the existing 48-year-old Line 3 pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta and Gretna, Manitoba. The new pipeline will be built with more modern standards and will operate with improved safety and reliability. Enbridge will also install 55 new remotely operated sectionalizing valves, install 18 new pump stations, and the construct of three new oil tanks at the Hardisty Terminal.