Canada has approved an extension of the pipeline that tripled oil flow within the country when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that he would rely solely on the United States to buy the energy source as unreliable.
Trudeau approved the Trans Mountain pipeline extension Tuesday for the second time since 2016, after the original project was stopped almost a year ago, when the National Energy Agency was ordered to re-evaluate its review of the project after the federal appeals court had ruled that the original study did not provide adequate consultation with First Nations peoples
The controversial construction would ultimately triple the capacity of an existing line to transport oil extracted from the oil sands of Alberta across the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is estimated that the pipeline would increase the number of barrels from 300,000 to 890,000 per day.
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"It's really easy, right now we basically have a customer for our energy resources, the US As we've seen In recent years, anything can happen to our southern neighbors," Trudeau said.
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The world's third largest oil reserves, but 99 percent of exports now go to refineries in the US where the limitation of pipeline and refinery capacity results in Canadian oil being sold at a discount.
The increase in oil production would give Canada the opportunity to diversify the oil markets and immensely Boost exports to Asia, where they could earn a higher price.
Despite Trudeau's optimism, the project is expected to be delayed by environmental groups and indigenous communities.
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Many Native Americans see the new 950 km pipeline as a threat to their land. This reflects the concern of Native Americans about the Keystone XL project in the US against the carbonaceous heavy oil sands.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.