February 27, 2019
Canada should celebrate the recent decision of the National Energy Board to recommend approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, with its promise of jobs and economic benefits.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the project as conceived before the federal government’s purchase of the pipeline, was expected to provide $4.5 billion in government revenues.
During construction, it will create 15,000 new jobs in Alberta and British Columbia.
Indigenous groups will also benefit from jobs and business opportunities due to more than $300 million in mutual benefit agreements they’ve signed.
In reapproving the project, the NEB imposed 16 new recommendations (on top of 156 conditions levied in 2016) on building the pipeline including (abbreviated list): development and implementation of a management plan to cover the Salish Sea and the Strait of Juan de Fuca out to the 12 nautical mile sea limit
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