B.C. Premier Clark backs Trans Mountain as opposition could get ugly

|By:, SA News Editor

British Columbia Premier Clark announces support for Kinder Morgan's (NYSE:KMI) Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, ignoring the anger that erupted in the province following yesterday’s federal approval of the project and showing that Prime Minister Trudeau is building a strong coalition to untangle Canada’s pipeline gridlock.

Clark says three of her five conditions for allowing construction - regulatory approvals, land spill response and indigenous participation - have been completed, with work still to do on the $1.5B marine spill response plan recently announced by Trudeau and to ensure British Columbians get a fair share of the benefits and jobs.

It’s a politically risky move for Clark, who faces an election next May and will be remembered by green groups, municipal and opposition leaders, and aboriginal leaders that have slammed Trudeau’s approval.

Vancouver's mayor says he will continue to oppose the project because it “doesn’t make sense for our economic or environmental future,” and he predicts opposition will get ugly.