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Trudeau Clears Path for Canada to Approve Kinder Morgan Pipeline

  • Green measures give PM political cover for Dec. 19 decision
  • Local lawmaker decries recent moves as ‘lipstick on a pig’
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Trudeau Clears Path for Pipeline Decision

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set the table for Canada to approve Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by announcing environmental measures aimed at placating opposition to the project.

Trudeau unveiled a national carbon price in October, and over the past few weeks has pumped billions into marine protection and “green” infrastructure, as well as begun an overhaul of the federal energy regulator and granted crown protection to a rainforest that essentially blocks a rival proposal. He regularly says it’s his job to get Canada’s resources to market while balancing the environment and economy.