A strong economy depends on a healthy environment. The Government of Canada is enshrining in law better rules for major projects that protect the environment and communities, advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and ensure good projects can go forward, creating good jobs and economic opportunities for middle-class Canadians.
The Government of Canada's new approval to build the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) means Canadian oil will finally gain some access to growing overseas markets. This will enable Canada to receive full value for our natural resources while helping to reduce net global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).
The federal government has once again approved development of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project between northern Alberta and Burnaby, B.C., after a lengthy delay to meet consultation conditions imposed by the Federal Court of Appeal. However, while there is some suggestion that construction could begin in 2019, significant opposition to the twinning project remains.
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the health, safety, and environment of Canadians. The Government enforces laws that protect Canada's air, water, and natural environment, and we take this responsibility very seriously.
The province of British Columbia announced that it would appeal a court ruling against proposed legislation that could negatively affect the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
The proposed Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and the proposed Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project are not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account, according to the federal government.
Federal Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi has announced that the government of Canada will extend the timeline for a decision to be made on construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project to June 18.
The decision by the National Energy Board to approve continued work on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion was welcomed by its owner, the Canadian government, while opponents have suggested that any attempt to restart construction will end with court challenges.
The Government of Canada is committed to working and consulting with territorial governments, industry, and Indigenous governments and communities in the North on future decisions on offshore oil and gas development.
Canada's Federal government will re-engage First Nations in consultation regarding the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, but will not appeal the Federal Court of Appeals decision that quashed approvals for the line earlier this year.