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‘I think it’s done,’ NDP MP Stewart doubts Trans Mountain pipeline expansion’s viability, but feds say it’s going to happen

By Emily Haws      

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart says the number of approvals the company still has to get indicates Trans Mountain is slowly withdrawing, but Trans Mountain says it doesn't have to have all permits and conditions before starting full construction on the pipeline.

Protesters demonstrate their opposition to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in early April. The pipeline has been the subject of heated national debate. NDP MP Kennedy Stewart thinks the project will be abandoned by June. Photograph courtesy of Protect the Inlet

As the federal Liberals face mounting pressure to get the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approved, NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who was arrested for protesting the pipeline in March, says he doubts it will actually be built because of dozens of still unmet conditions and permits, but Trans Mountain says it doesn’t need all permits and conditions approved before construction starts.

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