BC Premier Christy Clark says she always knew Justin Trudeau was likely to approve Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion through Burnaby Mountain.
Speaking to reporters a day after the approval was announced, Clark said she was not taken by surprise by his decision – or the 157 conditions which must still be met.
The pipeline expansion will create construction jobs – real jobs for a lot of people – and will lead to benefits in the long-term, she said.
Clark said she hopes that once construction of the expansion project is done, those construction workers will move on to other jobs in LNG or the pipeline.
The pipeline expansion is intended to increase the capacity of the existing pipeline from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.
But given the fact that it would plough through a big chunk of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, the plan has proven extremely controversial over recent years.
Only hours after Trudeau’s announcement approving the project on Tuesday, hundreds of protestors gathered in Vancouver for an “emergency” rally against it.
And Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has also come out fighting, saying he was profoundly disappointed with Trudeau’s decision.
Despite the federal government’s approval of the controversial project, the province is sticking by its demand that the pipeline project meet five conditions before commencing:
“We want to make sure we get a fair benefit,” Clark told reporters on Wednesday. “My job is to make sure [the decision] meets the five conditions.”