British Columbia gives environmental clearance for $5bn Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Kinder Morgan has committed to paying B.C. up to $1 billion as a share of revenue from the project, which the province will use to fund grants to community groups doing environmental protection work, Clark said.

Premier Christy Clark recently said five conditions the province placed on the project were close to being met. The conditions are all legally enforceable and will help to minimize or avoid altogether potential issues within areas of provincial interest, a release reads. "But I believe the majority of British Columbians are confident that with the measures that have been taken, we've secured significant improvements around marine safety".

The federal government gave its approval for Kinder Morgan Canada's $6.8-billion expansion of the pipeline late previous year after the National Energy Board recommended it go ahead if 157 conditions are met.

But thousands of residents across B.C. whole-heartedly disagree with Anderson. The provincial certificate is another important milestone needed for the project following the National Energy Board and Government of Canada's recent approval of it.

A government backgrounder says Kinder Morgan has had "over 30,000 points of contact with First Nations" through the engagement process, that Trudeau "has confirmed the substantial progress that's been made on consultation and accommodation", and that the company has signed 41 agreements worth $350 million with B.C. First Nations. To start off with the Canadian economy primarily depended on the United States market for its crude oil exports but now with the development of this latest pipeline the country has access to the Asian markets for its crude exports. "This is what seven-times the tankers on our coast will look like".

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"We have looked at areas where we can improve the project by adding conditions that will build upon those already established by the federal government", a joint statement by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman said. "However, we have always been clear economic development will not come at the expense of the environment".

Clark indicated late a year ago that the condition had been met, though several First Nations on B.C.'s south coast remain adamantly opposed to the project, most notably North Vancouver's Tsleil-Waututh Nation, which has filed a court challenge against the energy board's recommendation.

When implemented into the NEB Filing Manual, company applications could be deemed incomplete if the additional emergency response information is not included, or companies could be required to submit additional information before a hearing begins, NEB explained.

The Trans Mountain pipeline is set to bring all sorts of benefits to the Canadian economy and Kinder Morgan.

Although Kinder Morgan has passed the regulatory hurdles, the final decision to go ahead with the pipeline lies with the company's board of directors. There are fears of oil spills on the pristine Pacific coast.