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British Columbia nod to pipeline expansion.
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British Columbia gave the green light to Kinder Morgan's plan to nearly triple its Trans Mountain oil pipeline, which runs from Canada's oil sands through the province to a marine terminal on the Pacific Coast.

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said in a statement the C$6.8 billion ($5.16 billion) project had satisfied or was close to satisfying the five conditions she laid out in 2012 for any company wanting to build pipelines in the province.

The Canadian government in November approved Kinder Morgan's proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would help ensure oil exports from the oil sands in the neighboring province of Alberta reach Asia.

Although inter-provincial pipelines fall under federal jurisdiction, if provinces are opposed they could impose conditions that would make it onerous for a company to build a pipeline. Environmental groups were swift to condemn the Western Canadian province's decision to approve the project, which comes four months before a provincial election.

"We expect that today's decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline will come back to haunt Premier Clark when B.C. voters go to the polls," Sven Biggs of Stand.earth said.

"British Columbians will continue to fight this decision in the courts and on the streets well past next spring's election," he said. The province had given its approval to an environmental review of the project but recommended 37 conditions be attached to address concerns raised by communities and aboriginal groups.

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"British Columbia nod to pipeline expansion." Oil & Gas News 16 Jan. 2017. Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. Web. 26 June 2019.
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