We never thought it would take as many years, as many studies, as many government approvals, as many court victories as it did, but ICBA’s #Get2Yes initiative just kept grinding away in support of the Trans Mountain pipeline. One small example of our work: our “Big Gas” video was viewed more than a million times and won multiple international advocacy awards.
The senseless and often silly histrionics of the professional protestors against this project cost taxpayers dearly – the federal government ended up purchasing a pipeline that the private sector would have built.
Since 1953, the Trans Mountain Pipeline system has been safely and efficiently providing the only West Coast pipeline access for Canadian oil products. The pipeline has been adapted over the years to meet evolving needs. The $7.4-billion expansion will create a twinned pipeline that would increase the capacity of the system from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000.
It will open up lucrative new markets for Canadian energy and generate billions for the economy. And it comes with 15,000 construction jobs.
To seize power in 2017, the Horgan NDP Government cut a deal with the BC Greens to use “every tool in the toolkit” to stop Trans Mountain. Their court challenges failed over and over again, costing taxpayers even more money.
Construction is under way, and we could not be happier about it.