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PIPELINE EXPANSION A CONTESTED ISSUE FOR INDIGENOUS GROUPS IN CANADA

08/29/2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have to decide on the $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, balancing the demands of Native American groups and the need for growth. Whispering Pines Indian Band is in favor of the expansion, as they will receive economic support from the company following years of negotiations. But located closer to the pipeline’s end is, the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation is against the expansion, contending that it will lead to oil spills on their land and into Canada’s waters. The pipeline also faces opposition from residents in the Vancouver area for environmental reasons. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP aims to triple the capacity of Alberta’s only pipeline with access to markets outside North America. The project received a go-ahead from the National Energy Board in May and awaits further government review. Trudeau will have to balance aspirations for a low-carbon society with the reality of a commodity export-based economy. For the full story, see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-24/trudeau-faces-split-aboriginal-groups-in-kinder-morgan-ruling.