Unpublished.Cafe Podcast: The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline
Can the economy and the environment exist together as PM Justin Trudeau is fond of saying or do you have to settle for one or the other?
The Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion from Edmonton to Vancouver is a $7 billion plus project that would see the current pipeline twinned with a new one to more than double the capacity to get the oil sands or bitumen to markets other than the US. That would mean a sevenfold increase in tanker traffic out of Berard Inlet, which environmentalists worry about the impact on the aquaculture. Of course, visions of the Exxon Valdez dance in their heads.
The premiers of both Alberta and BC are turning up the heat on the issue to get their point across. Alberta's Rachel Notley signed on to the Federal governmen't's climate change plan in exchange for approval of the pipeline. BC NDP Premier John Horgan is against the pipeline as is the BC Green Party which is propping up Horgan's gov't. PM Trudeau held a tete-a-tete with both to try and get concensus but nothing was resolved. And, to add more gasoline to the fire, Kinder Morgan is suspending any more spending on the project as it grows frustrated with the political tug of war, musing aloud that the project may never happen.
In this episode of the Unpublished.Cafe, we are going to take a look at the issue that has pitted province against province, even First Nations groups against other First Nations. We will chat with Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, who is concerned the federal and provincial government will use tax dollars to appease Kinder Morgan. Also joining us on the Unpublished.Cafe is Dan McTeague of Gasbuddies.com. He is an 18 year veteran as an MP on the Hill as well as a petroleum industry analyst. I would like to hear from him why Canada isn't refining it's own instead of selling it at a lower cost to be refined outside the country.
Coming up as well on the podcast is Michael DeSouza of the National Observer which has been all over the issue. First up is Elizabeth May, leader of the Federal Green Party, who was arrested for protesting against the pipeline.