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Kinder Throws Pipeline Into Doubt, Dealing Major Blow to Oil Sands

  • Trans Mountain expansion work halted amid opposition, delays
  • Trudeau says project is in national interest and will be built
Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project's Westeridge loading dock.

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project's Westeridge loading dock.

Photographer: Jonathan Hayward/CP
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Canada’s oil-sands industry suffered a major blow as Kinder Morgan Inc. halted most work on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, throwing into doubt a project that would have helped alleviate shipping bottlenecks plaguing the nation’s energy producers.

The pipeline company is suspending all non-essential activities and ceasing to commit more resources to the project, saying construction was about to ramp up to a range of about $200 million to $300 million a month and they couldn’t saddle shareholders with that risk.