Liberals launch next stage of engagement with Native groups over Trans Mountain pipeline
Minister Bill Morneau
says all neighborhoods along the route will have opportunity to participate CBC News · Published: Aug 09, 2019 7:06 PM ET|Last Upgraded: August 9
The federal government has introduced a new phase of engagement with Native groups on the Trans Mountain pipeline growth task.
In a press release Friday, Finance Minister Expense Morneau said the procedure will tap prospective Native groups interested in getting involved financially on the task. He also revealed that Linda Coady, former chief sustainability officer for Enbridge, will chair an advisory committee of professionals.
“The Trans Mountain Growth Project provides a real economic opportunity for Canadians and for Indigenous neighborhoods,” Morneau stated in a declaration.
“With the approval of the project, we can begin discussions with the many communities that may have an interest in ending up being partners in getting Canada’s natural resources to market. Our government eagerly anticipates moving the project forward in such a way that reflects our dedication to reconciliation.”
The National Energy Board issued a certificate for the Trans Mountain pipeline growth on June 21, simply days after it was authorized by the federal government.
At the time, Ian Anderson, CEO of the Crown corporation building the pipeline expansion, stated shovels might be in the ground by September and oil might be flowing in the new pipeline by mid 2022.
The 1,150-kilometre expansion project would double the prospective amount of oil that could take a trip along the existing route from Alberta to the B.C. coast.
Native groups express interest
After numerous delays and an effective court challenge, the federal government in 2015, with the strategy to offer it to a private company.
When the government approved the task June 18, a number of Indigenous groups expressed interest in partnering in the job.
According to the release from Morneau’s workplace, all communities along the pipeline route will have a chance to get involved.
Last month, the minister sent letters to the 129 potentially impacted Indigenous communities. The federal government has actually also welcomed Native groups to take part in talks that will take place in Ottawa, Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, and Edmonton this month.
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