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Abbotsford pipeline opponents say fed takeover changes little

Abbotsford pipeline opponents say fed takeover changes little

Horgan told reporters in Victoria the federal government's takeover of the project changes the legal situation, but his contentious legal action isn't aimed at any specific project.

'They criticized the Harper government's pipeline processes, they promised us science-based decision making, democratic processes-but then was happened?

But John Horgan, the premier of British Columbia, said the federal government's purchase won't halt his province's court challenge.

"We are purchasing the assets; we are purchasing the existing assets, and the investment in the twinning of that pipeline, and those assets are what is required for us to move forward with the expansion", he said.

The federal Liberals say the project will be successful because of Canada's world-leading Oceans Protection Plan, ongoing consultations with Indigenous communities and strengthened environmental standards.

Ross said Tuesday that she harbours doubts about the pipeline's economic viability, and anxious that the federal government would be on the hook for huge cleanup costs in case of a major spill.

"We know the majority of Canadians support the project, so it's positive to see shovels will be in the ground very soon", Bilous said.

Moe also said the federal government could have taken other routes to make sure pipeline construction went ahead, including cutting infrastructure in B.C. if that province continued to block the pipeline.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in Calgary Wednesday that many parties have expressed interest in investing in the project, including Indigenous groups, Canadian pension funds and others, but said he was "not aware" of the full extent of interested groups when asked whether another energy company could be a potential buyer.

Mike Hudema at Greenpeace Canada added: "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has just signed up to captain the Titanic of tar sands oil pipelines, putting it on a collision course with its commitments to Indigenous rights and the Paris climate agreement".

"We need to see a detailed plan laid out", Lindbjerg said.

Barbara Guard lives on Sumas Mountain near Kinder Morgan's tank farm.

Sims anxious Canadians could be on the hook for more than just building the pipeline. She said she predicts the price tag will make the assets a tough sell for Ottawa should the feds look to unload the project back into the private market. The three groups, as well as Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, have been regularly demonstrating in different ways at Trans Mountain's two Burnaby facilities over the last few months.

The Prime Minister responded with a quote from Notley that the government met the deadline set by Kinder Morgan and "this project has more certainly than ever".

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May, who is an MP in BC, tweeted that Kinder Morgan was "laughing all the way to the bank" and accused the government of subsidising fossil fuels.

Ottawa's purchase of the pipeline was meant to provide investors certainty that the project will move forward.

That sentiment was similar to what Moe said Tuesday in response to the federal government buying the pipeline. During or following construction of the expanded pipeline, which is expected to take about 2.5 years to complete, Canada will monitor the markets and seek out future investors interested in taking on the entire project once it is done.

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