Canadian Court Shoots Down Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Challenges

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(From UPI)

The expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline will proceed because of its record of resilience in the courts, the premier of oil-rich Alberta said.

The highest court in British Columbia dismissed challenges filed by the City of Vancouver and aboriginal groups to Kinder Morgan’s plans to expand the capacity of its Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta to the western Canadian coast.

Vancouver challenged the issue, saying the provincial government “acted unreasonably” in procedural issues on environmental measures associated with the pipeline’s construction.

“I found no lack of procedural fairness or absence of jurisdiction,” Supreme Court Justice Christopher Grauer said in his ruling. “In these circumstances, the petition must be dismissed.”

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the court rulings in British Columbia paved a clear path forward for the pipeline expansion project.

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