Canada approves tripling capacity of Trans Mountain pipeline to Pacific

Ottawa (AFP) –


Canada approved Tuesday tripling the capacity of Kinder Morgan's half-century-old Trans Mountain pipeline to move crude from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast, to 890,000 barrels per day.

At the same time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greenlit another pipeline to the United States, Enbridge's Line 3.

And he rejected the construction of a new oil conduit to the Pacific that would have crossed a temperate rainforest, Enbridge's Northern Gateway.

The three projects aim to help Canada's abundance of landlocked Alberta oil reach new buyers. They have been decried by environmental activists and supported by the Tory opposition and business groups.

The pair that were approved will add new capacity to move nearly one million barrels of oil to US and overseas markets.