Kinder Morgan Suspends Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was in doubt Monday after the company announced a suspension in all non-essential activities and related spending on the project.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Sunday that the decision by Kinder Morgan to halt the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was the result of “uncertainty” of the project due to continued opposition by the BC government – and sustained protests at Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C.

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Kinder Morgan says it will make a final decision on the pipeline by may 31.

The pipeline would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada’s oil sands to the Pacific Coast – and dramatically increase the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state.

Kinder Morgan CEO Steve Kean said Monday the company would be open to Canadian government investment if it brought certainty. However the BC government continues to battle in court against the project – while the Alberta government says it’s open to government involvement.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the project in late 2016, saying it was in Canada’s best interest.

The project has drawn legal challenges and opposition from environmental groups and Native American tribes as well as from municipalities such as Vancouver and Burnaby.

It’s also sparked a dispute between the provinces of Alberta, which has the world’s third largest oil reserves, and British Columbia. About 200 people have been arrested near Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal in Burnaby during recent protests.