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Feds delay Trans Mountain pipeline decision

Last Updated Apr 18, 2019 at 7:53 am PDT

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project's Westeridge loading dock, at centre with green tanks, is seen in Burnaby, B.C., on November 25, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Canadians will have to wait a little longer to find out if the the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will go through.

The federal government is delaying its decision on whether or not to follow through with the project.

The deadline had been originally set for May 22nd, but is now pushed back to June 18th.

The pipeline expansion had been approved and construction was underway, but had to be put on hold last year after a federal court ruled the environmental protections and Indigenous consultations were inadequate.

The feds took action and in February the National Energy Board endorsed the project for a second time, starting a 90-day clock for a federal decision. However, the govenrment says it needs more time to complete consultations with First Nations.

The controversial expansion has created a provincial battle, with Alberta Premier-Designate Jason Kenney threatening to stop the flow of oil and gas into British Columbia. John Horgan and his provincial government have been opposing the project.

The federal government officially bought the pipeline last year for $4.5-billion.