June 4 - June 8, 2018

The Canadian government recently decided to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline to ensure that a planned expansion to the line happens. Was this a wise choice?

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Yes. Canada’s oil production has outstripped its transport capacity and the government should step in to ensure there’s proper pipeline capacity. 50%
No. The government shouldn’t be in the pipeline business; if the expansion isn’t economically viable, taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for it. 44%
Other (please explain in the comments section) 6%

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Tagged categories: Government; Pipelines; Program/Project Management

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (6/4/2018, 11:40 AM)

There's a big difference between economically viable and politically viable. When you have the Green Party holding the balance of power in BC and a Liberal government in Ottawa that has quashed several other pipelines and changed the pipeline review rules to the point where a company looking for a pipeline today knows they have near zero chance if they apply, well, what we get is this situation. I'm hopeful that this will go as intended....federal gov't steps in to get it built (with a good PM team so it doesn't cost 2x what KM could have built it for) and then sells it to private ownership for a small profit (plus all the tax revenue that will be associated with it). Sure, fossil fuels are not ideal, but until other forms of energy mature, I'd rather get my energy from some o f the most highly regulated, environmentally monitored sources rather than certain other countries where human rights and environmental regulations are essentially non-existent.

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