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Recent Poll Shows Growing Support for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

Edmonton, Alberta, CA 04/20/2018

As the battle between British Columbia and Alberta over the completion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project continues to brew, support for the project and frustration with the government from local residents continues to grow.

It appears residents are fed up with their Premier John Horgan’s legal and regulatory attempts to stop the project that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved.

According to a new poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, the majority of residents believe their government should give in and allow the pipeline to be built if the courts rule the province does not have constitutional authority to block it.

Out of the B.C. residents surveyed, 69% feel the government should allow the pipeline project to proceed if the courts don’t rule in their favour. Alternatively, 31% believe they should stand firm in trying to block the pipeline construction.

More Canadians also appear to be losing patience with the B.C. government’s delay tactics, according to the poll released Wednesday. Two-in-three Canadians now say the B.C. government is wrong to try to block the project, up nine percentage points from polling in February.

British Columbia residents remain divided on the overall risks and benefits of the pipeline project. About 34% say the environmental risks outweigh the economic benefit while the same number (35%) say the opposite and the rest (30%) say the risks and benefits of the project are about the same.

The poll also found B.C. residents are most concerned about an oil tanker spill or accident (52%), while the overall environment/fossil fuel concerns come in at a distant second (16%) and a pipeline spill or accident is the risk they are least concerned with (14%).

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