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The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is one of the most talked about news topics in Canada. If conversations with friends and family turn to this issue, here are some facts about the main themes you might find helpful.
- Expanding the pipeline will create billions in revenue for more jobs, roads, schools and hospitals across Canada and will help fund Canada’s transition to greener energy.
- The Trans Mountain Pipeline has been in place for over 60 years. Every day the expansion is delayed, Canada loses out on $80 million. That’s money that could be used to help improve our communities from coast to coast.
- Most of the expansion will be along the existing route and beside things like roads, telecommunications and power lines.
- Only 11% of the pipeline route will be new.
- Pipelines are the safest, cheapest and greenest way of moving oil to market.
- When there isn't enough pipeline capacity, oil from Alberta has to be shipped by more expensive, less efficient and less environmentally-friendly means, such as rail cars or trucks.
- The Trans Mountain Pipeline terminal has never had a single spill.
- Current safety measures ensure Canada’s coastal waters are well protected.
- New safety measures will raise the level of safety to well above already high global shipping standards.
- Pipelines are the greenest way to get oil to market.
- The expansion will generate revenues for programs that move Canada closer to a greener economy.
- Pipeline expansion will help pay to develop alternative energy sources as well as more sustainable oil and gas industry practices.
- Refineries in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan provide most of the refined products, such as fuel, used in Western Canada.
- Even when we refine more products at home, we still need pipelines to get to market.
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