Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi announced April 18 that the government would delay decision on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project until June 18.
Citing the aims of the Government of Canada to remain “steadfast in its commitment to do things differently” on the Trans Mountain expansion and follow the guidance of the Federal Court of Appeal, Sohi stated that the delay was to ensure that the consultations with indigenous groups regarding the project were completed properly. The delay also provides the time required “to respond to what Indigenous groups are telling us and to conclude the Phase III Crown consultations” before the Governor in Council (GIC) decision.
“Our plan provides clarity and certainty, both for the communities engaged in this process and for all Canadians, and this would not be possible without the extensive work completed to date,” Sohi said. “Moving forward, our focus will remain on fulfilling our duty to meaningfully consult before making a decision on the project. We know how important this process is to Canadians, and we will continue working hard each day to get it right.”
Trans Mountain welcomed the certainty provided by Sohi’s announcement regarding an extension to the date for a decision on the Trans Mountain expansion project. Should the decision by the GIC be positive, a company statement said Trans Mountain would be prepared to restart construction on the project once the necessary approvals are in place.
“Since the Federal Court of Appeal decision last August, we have been singularly focused on responding to the path set out in the Court’s ruling with a view toward getting back to construction. The announcement of a date for a decision brings us one step closer to that goal,” said Ian Anderson, president and CEO of Trans Mountain Corp. “While we await that decision, we will continue doing what we can to be poised to re-start the Expansion Project and ultimately deliver on our commitments to Canadians.”