After the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the government’s approval to build the Trans Mountain expansion project on the morning of Thursday, August 30, a spokesperson for Trans Mountain said the company is reviewing the decision with the Government of Canada.
In a statement, Trans Mountain’s Ian Anderson said the company is “taking the appropriate time” to assess next steps.
“We remain committed to building this project in consideration of communities and the environment, with meaningful consultation with Indigenous Peoples and for the benefit of Canadians,” he said. “Trans Mountain is currently taking measures to suspend construction related activities on the project in a safe and orderly manner.”
Anderson also noted that the court decision was not a condition of the transaction between KML and the federal government.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline currently includes a pipeline approximately 1,147-km-long that moves crude oil, and refined and semi-refined petroleum products from Edmonton, Alberta to marketing terminals and refineries in the central region and lower mainland area of British Columbia, as well as to the Puget Sound area in Washington State.
In 2013, Trans Mountain submitted an application to the National Energy Board for the expansion project, stating that the primary purpose of the project is to provide additional capacity to transport crude oil from Alberta to markets in the Pacific Rim, including Asia.
The court’s order has now stopped the project indefinitely.