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Canada’s Trudeau squeezed in pipeline crisis

By Jordi Bou

April 16, 2018 - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is caught in a political crisis over expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline to move 890,000 barrels of oil per day from landlocked Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific coast.

The C$7.4bn (US$6bn) expansion, which Trudeau says it is part of his plan to transition to cleaner energy, will create the equivalent of 37,000 direct and indirect jobs and $46.7bn in government revenues, according to operator Kinder Morgan.

But the project is fiercely opposed by British Columbia, many municipalities, some Aboriginal groups, and environmental activists concerned about possible oil spills.

PUBLISHED: 16/04/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images