We are sharing the below message, received on November 29, 2016, from Timothy Gardiner of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project.
Today, the Government announced several important decisions:
· Trans Mountain Expansion Project: the Government approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which will twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia. This approval is subject to 157 binding conditions that will address potential Indigenous, socio-economic, and environmental impacts.
The Consultation and Accommodation Report for this project can be downloaded at: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/resources/19142
· Northern Gateway Pipeline Project: the Government determined that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project is not in the public interest and has directed the NEB to dismiss Enbridge’s application.
· Tanker Moratorium: the Government announced a moratorium on oil tankers along British Columbia’s north coast. The Government made this decision following consultations with Indigenous peoples and communities.
· Line 3 Replacement Project: the Government approved Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project, which will replace the existing pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Gretna, Manitoba. This approval is subject to 37 binding conditions that will address potential environmental, socio-economic and Indigenous impacts.
We would like to invite you to a moderated conference call at 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time / 4:30pm Pacific Standard Time, to review the main elements of today’s announcement.
Dial-in: 613-960-7526 or 1-877-413-4814
Pass code: 5194853
The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous communities. To address specific interests identified by Indigenous communities with respect to the Trans Mountain Expansion and Line 3 Replacement projects, the Government announced that it will co-develop an advisory and monitoring committee with Indigenous communities to provide ongoing environmental monitoring for each of the projects. The Government will also establish an Economic Pathways Partnership for each pipeline that will make it easier for Indigenous peoples to access existing federal programs that help support job training and business opportunities.
Full information about these decisions can be found at: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/resources/19120
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