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#APTNPipelines: February 27 – March 3

The Good, the Bad and the Money

In November of 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved two pipelines, the Line 3 pipeline that runs from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin and the more contentious Trans Mountain pipeline extension that will run from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia.


At the moment, the Trans Mountain pipeline is the one garnering all the attention.
While some communities, environmental groups, First Nations and even the mayor of Vancouver oppose the pipeline expansion project for fear that it will have a negative impact on our waters, and lands, others see the project as a way out of poverty.

During the week of February 27, APTN National News will look at the Good, the Bad and the Money of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

The Announcement

In November 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced the media to announce the fate of three pipeline projects, the Northern Gateway, Trans Mountain expansion and Line 3. Trudeau approved the latter two – which immediately brought a wave of protest.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation vows to stop Trans Mountain pipeline despite Trudeau government approval




People of Frog Lake walk tightrope of making millions from oil and protecting environment


Tamara Pimentel
APTN National News
Clifton Cross used to volunteer at the Frog Lake First Nation recreational centre.

The centre boasts basketball and volleyball courts, a weight room and recording studio.

Next door is the 1,000-seat arena and home to the Frog Lake T-Birds hockey team.

All of this was built a year ago with money from the oil industry.

“Back before oil and gas we did have a lot of depression and addictions problems,” said Cross. “More so than now. The light at the end of the tunnel is closer now.”

Cross said before these facilities were available, community members were not as active. Diabetes rates were high and so was the suicide rate.

Frog Lake, a community in northern Alberta of about 3,300 people, has been producing oil since the 1980s.

For this First Nation, oil and gas are here to stay, and many people here think that’s a good thing.



 Boom and Bust, Cold Lake First Nation’s delicate relationship with oil


Chris Stewart
APTN National News
The community of Cold Lake in Alberta is slowly getting back to normal after the collapse of oil prices in 2014.

What makes the community 278 kilometres northeast of Edmonton unique is that it sits on 44 billion barrels of bitumen, second only to Fort McMurray in size.

When the price of a barrel of oil was close to $100 U.S. in 2013, life was good for the small town and the nearby Cold Lake First Nations.

Six figure incomes, nice house, and vacations.

Then the price of oil plummeted.




Inside a Kinder Morgan pipeline deal and the fight that followed in a B.C. First Nation 


Kenneth Jackson
APTN National News
Kinder Morgan can’t say it didn’t know what it was getting into.

It was warned early on about Peters First Nation in British Columbia.

Peters was a divided nation, it was told, with a bitter membership battle that had fractured the community for the last 30 years.

Problems and all, the small reserve with 12 homes was vital to Kinder Morgan.

That’s because Peters stood in the way of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline route to Burnaby with its Trans Mountain pipeline.

Kinder Morgan needed to make a deal.


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