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How will approval of Northern Gateway affect Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain proposal?

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – From the start, it’s stirred up threats of legal action and civil disobedience, and the opposition we’ve seen to the the Northern Gateway pipeline could be just part one of the campaign against oil projects across BC, according to an environmentalist.

Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain line is another project the feds will be looking at.

Ben West with Forest Ethics thinks it’ll be difficult for Kinder Morgan’s project — and other proposals in Canada — to go ahead.

“And frankly, I think really what’s happened is a fire has been lit under this campaign in British Columbia, which will probably continue to grow and have impacts on other projects like Kinder Morgan.”

“I think Kinder Morgan was trying to sell itself as the better alternative to Enbridge,” he tells us.

“Of course, this is far from the end of the conversation on Enbridge. But that is ultimately going to be something that’s up to the people of BC to decide. I think as much as Harper has tried to push this through at the federal level, it’s a lot easier to approve something in Ottawa than it is to actually get something built here in British Columbia.”

Protesters were out in Downtown Vancouver following yesterday’s announcement the federal government was conditionally approving the Northern Gateway pipeline.

The Kinder Morgan proposal would triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain line, which goes from Edmonton to Burnaby.