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Trans Mountain pipeline approval spurs cautious celebration in Alberta’s oilpatch

The Alberta government got the answer it was hoping for on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Tuesday, but Premier Jason Kenney said he isn’t celebrating the federal approval just yet.

The energy sector scored a big win as the federal government greenlit the project for the second time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that shovels are planned to be in the ground “this construction season.”

In Edmonton, while Kenney said he “appreciates” Ottawa’s approval, he called it “just another step in a process that has, frankly, taken too long.”

“The immediate test is the start of construction, with shovels in the ground and real progress. Success will be measured by one thing alone: completion of this pipeline,” he said.

Tuesday’s announcement comes nearly 10 months after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed a prior approval. On the same day in August 2018, Ottawa finalized its purchase of the pipeline project from Kinder Morgan.

And while Alberta politicians and industry officials greeted the news with relief, they struck a cautious tone.


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