Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given the green light to two highly controversial oil pipelines as being in "the best interest of Canada." Native Indians as well as environmental groups were particularly critical of the proposed expansion and said they would do all they could to stop it.
One of the pipelines would replace an existing system known as Line 3. This runs from Alberta delivering crude to the United States. The other would expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline running from Alberta to British Columbia. The 994 km of new pipe transporting nearly 900,000 bpd has been valued at $6.8 billion.
Trudeau said "this is a decision based on rigorous debate, on science, and on evidence. We have not been and will not be swayed by political arguments, be they local, regional or national. We have made this decision because we are convinced it is safe for BC and it is the right one for Canada."
The indigenous peoples of Canada and the United States have formed The Treaty Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 First Nations and Tribes across North America. They said in a statement that “neither pipeline will see the light of day”.