Kinder Morgan announces halt to Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion in Canada

Yesterday, in response to widespread opposition from Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, and British Columbia government and residents, Houston, Texas-based Kinder Morgan announced the company is suspending all non-essential spending on construction of its Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project until May 31. In the announcement, the company cited not wanting to continue to put shareholder money at risk as a key factor in the decision. The Canadian pipeline carries tar sands and refined oil products from Alberta to British Columbia’s west coast.

“Clearly, investors have lost confidence in this project and are waking up to the reality that the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline will never be built,” said Sven Biggs, energy and climate campaigner at Stand.earth. “We have known for a while now that the opposition to this pipeline from Indigenous leadership, protesters, and the province of British Columbia is just too strong for it to ever to become a reality, and now even Kinder Morgan has had to admit that.”

Yesterday’s announcement comes one day after hundreds of people — including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs) and author Naomi Klein — rallied at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, BC, in the latest in a series of protests that have seen over 200 people arrested for opposing pipeline construction.

Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement regarding Kinder Morgan’s decision to suspend non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion project:

“British Columbians expect their government to stand up for their interests and our coast, and to do everything we can to protect our land and waters, our coastal communities and our local economies. The federal process failed to consider B.C.’s interests and the risk to our province. We joined the federal challenge, started by others, to make that point. We believe we need to grow the economy, while protecting the environment. We want to work to address these challenges together. But we will always stand up for British Columbians, our environment and the thousands of jobs that depend on our coast.”

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