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e.402 - Fighting The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion ft. Peter McCartney

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The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion (or "TMX") is one of the most controversial oil pipeline projects in North America today. Proposed as an extension of the existing pipeline, which runs from Hardisty (Alberta) to Burnaby (British Columbia), this new pipeline is expected to transport up to 890,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta's tar sands to Canada's west coast. It has been hailed by some as a project that will create jobs and boost the Canadian economy; others say it violates First Nations authority and will lead to environmental catastrophe.


After a series of legal challenges lodged by several First Nations, the pipeline's federal approval was overturned in 2018. A few months later, the federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the pipeline immediately after formally declaring a climate emergency. How can the government build oil and gas pipelines in the midst of a climate crisis, and how does this move affect Canada's efforts to reconcile with Indigenous peoples?


In this episode, we catch up with Peter McCartney, an organizer with the Wilderness Committee - he joins us from Vancouver to discuss the most recent round of legal challenges against the pipeline, current frontline resistance efforts, and how to get involved in opposing pipeline construction.


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