OTTAWA—The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on behalf of its members expressing support for the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
The expansion, if approved, would create a twinned pipeline between Strathcona County, near Edmonton, and Burnaby, B.C. It would increase the oil capacity from 300,000 barrels per day, to 890,000, explains Trans Mountain’s website.
The Sept. 30 letter states that much of Canada’s infrastructure is quickly approaching the end of its useful life, or is suffering from capacity constraints, which is limiting the ability of the natural resources sector to grow.
"Like railways, pipeline capacity is critical to the country’s long-term economic competitiveness, which is why our 20,000 members strongly support the recommendation of the National Energy Board (NEB) to Cabinet of the approval, with conditions, of the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline," the letter reads. "Our members appreciate that ultimately the decision to approve a project rests with elected officials. However, it is important to note that if the government allows the environmental assessment process to become captive to anti-development interests, our critical infrastructure will continue to degrade and vital investments in our economy will be chased away to other countries."
The letter notes CCA members do have a strong interest in environmentally sustainable construction practices and advocate for "safe and responsible construction activity," but adds the project is "important to the future of Canada."
The letter comes just days after the federal government granted conditional approval of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project in B.C.