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West Virginia allows ETP to Resume Work on Rover NG Pipeline

MAY 7, 2018 / 1:58 PM / 3 DAYS AGO

Rover Pipeline, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, has received authorization from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to resume work on the Sherwood Lateral. According to the WVDEP, the cease and desist order, issued March 7, was lifted last week.

The ruling marks the third positive development for the project in the last two weeks. Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Rover permission to commence operations on the Market Zone North Segment, and, on April 25, the commission ruled the company could place in service a new compressor station and a 51-mile pipeline segment connecting it to one of the two compressor stations already approved.

Phase 1 of the partnership’s $4.2 billion project was also placed into service in segments, with portions starting operations in August and December of 2017. Since December, Rover has transported up to 1.7 Bcf/d of natural gas from Marion Township in Noble County, Ohio, to Tiffin Township in Defiance, Ohio.

Upon expected completion in the second quarter of this year, the 713-mile system will be capable of transporting 3.25 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale production areas to markets across the United States and to the Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada.

In a project update released two weeks ago, ETP said it has “successfully completed 98% of the HDDs needed for the project and is more than 99% complete with the total project construction.”

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TransCanada to Begin Work on Keystone XL Pipeline in Montana

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WASHINGTON/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) plans to start preliminary work on its Keystone XL pipeline project in Montana in the fall of 2018 ahead of full construction in 2019, according to a letter from the U.S. State Department to Native American tribes.

The letter, dated April 10, and seen by Reuters, states that the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes were being notified of the upcoming work as part of government consultation aimed at minimizing any adverse effect on their historic territory in northeast Montana.

The 1,180-mile (1,899 km) Keystone XL pipeline project has been a lightning rod of controversy for a decade, hotly contested by environmentalists but desperately needed by Canadian oil producers who face steeper-than-normal crude price discounts due to transportation bottlenecks. 

“As you may be aware, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (Keystone) intends to begin vegetative clearing in preparation for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline (Project) this fall,” the State Department letter said. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. is a subsidiary of Calgary-based TransCanada.

Sent from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs within the State Department, the letter added that the work would involve “clearing vegetation to build the construction camps and pipe yards this fall (2018) with pipeline construction to begin next year (2019).”

TransCanada has not yet made an official investment decision on the $8 billion pipeline, which would extend from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, though the company has said previously that it expects to start construction in 2019.

When asked about the letter on Thursday, TransCanada said: “We are progressing towards a final investment decision. We expect construction to begin in 2019 and we are doing the necessary work to prepare for those activities.”

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter, which also notifies the Montana tribes that they will be consulted on new survey work to be done in the spring and summer of 2018, due to a route change in Nebraska.

U.S. President Donald Trump handed TransCanada a federal permit for the pipeline in March, reversing a 2015 refusal by former President Barack Obama. But the line has run into hurdles in Nebraska, where it was approved but not along TransCanada’s preferred route, and the approval is now being appealed.

“The question is will they build a pipeline to nowhere?” said Brian Jorde, a lawyer who represents Nebraska landowners fighting the pipeline. “This is an investment risk analysis TransCanada must perform.”

Reporting by Valerie Volcovici in Washington and Julie Gordon in Calgary; Editing by Tom Brown

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Expansion sought for DCP Midstream, Enterprise Products & Western Gas Partners Front Range Pipeline

Thursday May 3rd, 2018

Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD), Western Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES) and DCP Midstream LP (NYSE: DCP) announced on May 3rd the binding open season for additional capacity on the Front Range Pipeline, which transports mixed natural gas liquid (NGL) from the Denver-Julesburg (D-J) Basin in Weld County, Colorado to Skellytown, Texas.

This would expand the existing pipeline system by 100,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) to a total capacity of approx. 250,000 bbl.

The Front Range Pipeline expansion is designed to facilitate growing production of NGL from the D-J Basin. NGL production is expected to increase by 40% over the next four years as development of oil & natural gas continues to grow. In addition, 800 million cubic feet per day of natural gas processing capacity is expected to come online by the end of 2019.

Complementing the Front Range expansion is a proposed increase in capacity of the 583-mile Texas Express pipeline that originates in Skellytown and runs to the NGL fractionation & storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas. An expanded Front Range system, which links to the Texas Express pipeline. This is a critical component of an integrated solution that provides D-J producers with flow assurance and greater access to the Gulf Coast market.
The binding open season commitment period will begin May 4 at noon CDT and continue until 5 p.m. CDT June 4. Additional details, including a notice of binding open season commitment period, will be distributed to shippers. Requests for additional information may be directed to:

Enterprise Products, DCP Midstream & Western Gas Partners each own 33% of the front range pipeline.
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Constitution Pipeline Co’s Project Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court over New York Permit

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt another setback to a proposed natural gas pipeline running from Pennsylvania to New York, rejecting Constitution Pipeline Co’s bid to challenge New York state’s refusal to issue a needed water permit for the project.

The high court left in place an August 2017 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the state. Partners in the 125-mile (201-km) pipeline project include Williams Cos Inc, Duke Energy Corp, WGL Holdings Inc and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates pipelines, first approved construction of the project in 2014 and then again in 2016, conditional upon other approvals.

Constitution, which filed with FERC to build the pipeline in 2013, separately sought water quality certification with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in August 2013. But the state denied the application in April 2016, saying the company failed to provide sufficient information to determine whether the project would comply with the state’s water quality standards.

Constitution appealed that decision to the 2nd Circuit, but lost. The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the company’s appeal of the 2nd Circuit’s ruling does not necessarily kill the project. The company has separately petitioned FERC to overturn the state agency’s decision. In March, the federal regulator gave itself more time to consider the issue.

If built, the pipeline would transport 0.65 billion cubic feet per day of shale gas. New York uses on average about 3.6 bcfd of gas.

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How to get Hired on the Pipeline

The Essential Insiders Guide to Getting Your Foot in the Door with Oil & Gas Pipeline Jobs

Ever thought about getting into the oil and gas pipeline industry? Have you ever wondered how to get hired on the pipeline? I’ve often asked myself why there isn’t a comprehensive insiders guide to getting your foot in the door with some of the pipeline companies hiring these days. I’ve googled it and trust me, it’s like a black hole. There’s literally nothing, no info on this anywhere that even resembles reality from what I can tell after a decade of pipeline project experience. So here goes…

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How to get hired on the pipeline essential guide – Pipe Welder welding joints of main-line steel natural gas pipe for pipeline project.

1. Know Somebody

Ever hear the old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Never has it been more true than in the oil and gas pipeline industry. Whether we like to admit it or not, the pipeline industry is huge on hiring friends and family. There are a number of reasons for this but a big one is trust. Pipeliners, as we like to call ourselves, consider each other our “brothers keeper”. This is a common theme brought up at most morning safety meetings and it’s obvious we take it seriously. We like to hire people that we know and can rely on in a pinch, not just some Joe off the street.

If you have any friends or family in the oil and gas pipeline industry, the best thing you can do to get your foot in the door is just ask them questions about what they do first. Before you ask them to try and help you get hired, learn a little bit about what you are getting yourself into. Pipeline life can be lucrative and rewarding, but it’s not for everybody. It has its pros and cons just like any industry.

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2. Join a “Pipeline Jobs” Facebook Group.

There are a number of Pipeline Jobs themed groups on Facebook. The name of the game is networking, and pipeliners can network with the best of them. These groups are know for regular postings of available vacancies. They are posted multiple times a day in most cases and have an extremely high engagement rate with their members. You can use this as a sounding board or as an advice panel. Just ask questions, these guys and gals are friendly. Most of the time they are happy to offer up some advice.

Another thing you can search for on Facebook, or any other social media channel for that matter are trade specific groups. You’ll need to become familiar with the industry lingo and get to know the different crafts involved on a pipeline project so you have a good idea what you might be interested in trying out. Often times “green hands”, that’s you the newbie, don’t have much selection when it comes to entry level positions. You’ll very likely have to do some tough manual labor at first and work your way into a more specific trade. Some pipeline trade groups to search for would be:

  • Pipe Welders, Welder helpers
  • Labor Hands (Laborers)
  • Coating Crew
  • Pipeline Inspectors; Includes Welding Inspector, Utility Inspector, Chief Inspector, Coating Inspector, Environmental Inspector, Assistant Chief Inspector.
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Union Hands (Local 798)
  • CDL Truck Drivers
  • Pipeline Survey (Survey is always last on every list)

3. Search for Job Listings Online

We have put together an aggregated pipeline jobs search engine that combines results from multiple  job boards such as Ziprecruiter, Indeed, Rigzone, Nexxt and many more. We’ve compiled this list to make the pipeline jobs search easier for entry level pipeline laborers. This would be a great place to start. You can also sign up for job alerts anytime entry level jobs are posted.

4. Join a Labor Union (Local 798)

If you plan to work in the future as a Steward, Pipe Welder, Welders helper, Operator, Construction Foreman, or General Laborer you are most likely going to want to join your Pipeliners Local Chapter 798 labor union. The 798 union is prominent in the industry. You can get involved with non-union pipeline jobs as well but most people who are in the union say they are glad they joined. The benefits are good and they keep people pretty busy. You might not always get local jobs, but you’ll be working. You will be learning from the ground up with valuable trade skills.

There are two trains of thought when it comes to union work.

1. Pro Union – It certainly has its benefits to work in the local 798 Pipeline Union. You’ll get great benefits, a pension and health care. You’ll know your base rate of pay based on your region and your task. and there are always ways to make more money as you work your way up the ladder. There is potential to make rig pay, mileage, per diem and more depending on your trade craft.

Some of the cons are that you really can’t negotiate your pay, pay is based on pre-negotiated rates for each task and location. Then there is also the layoff situation. When they give you a lay off, you go the bottom of the layoff list, or get sent back to “The Hall”. They put people back to work in the order they were laid off. There’s a job board that calls for labor work for particular crafts. You’ll call in for the job but whoever has been out of work the longest will go to work first.

Another con to pipeline labor union work is that it doesn’t matter how good you are at your job, it’s strictly a numbers game. If you are in the union, you signed up to play that game. A lot of people don’t like that aspect of it.

2. Non Union. With non union pipeline work there are some things you need to keep in mind. You can do very well in this sector if you play your cards right, but it’s more risky.

One of the biggest benefits to non union is mobility. You aren’t relying on the hall to keep you busy, you rely on yourself, your work ethic, your connections and your ability to perform. The top performers in the non union sector can stay busy. You can negotiate your wage and choose your location for the most part. You don’t have to accept every opportunity that comes along if you would rather take some time off the spend with family, you just do it. But you have to be careful here not to burn bridges. Don’t quit jobs early because you miss home. Don’t let politics distract you, just stay focussed on your work.

You’ll be able to learn trades, gain experience and maybe even get a few certifications that will help you move up in the pipeline ranks. You’ll need to be good at networking, keeping in touch with all the people you meet on the pipeline. You never know when that contact may be a benefit to you in your career.

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5. Persistence of Contact

While searching for your first pipeline job, you are likely to get frustrated. You’ll do the online search, ask friends and family, cold call, send resume’s but it might take a while to get a response. I highly recommend doing a google search and find a few companies in your region that are hiring for labor. You can usually find the company websites, then search the careers or jobs tab on those sites. If they don’t have one, just give them a call. Or better yet, show up and ask to talk to someone about hiring on as an entry level laborer. If you can find the job locations themselves, show up on site and ask to speak with the Superintendent, or “Super”. I’ve seen guys get hired this way, it really works.

Do not give up. Persistence is key. Keep applying, keep calling and keep learning. You never know when they might need a hand. Search for the following types of companies to get started:

  • Pipeline Construction Contractors
  • Pipeline Surveying Companies
  • NDT (Non Destructive Testing) and X-Ray Companies
  • Pipeline Inspection Companies
  • Delivery Services & Trucking Companies
  • Equipment Rental Services
  • Oil Field Services
  • Oilfield Roustabout Services
  • Rigging and Drilling Companies
  • Oil Field Hot Shot Services (Equipment Delivery)

6. Have a Resume Ready to Go. Even if it sucks…

The importance of having a resume on hand is paramount and cannot be stressed enough. I can’t even count on both hands the amount of times I’ve been asked for my resume on the spot. Update it, and have someone experienced review it for feedback. Then save it to every one of your mobile devices so you can upload it remotely from your smartphone if needed. Become familiar with applying to the positions online as most companies, even when they know they want to hire a particular candidate, will request the formal application to be filled out online. Make sure your resume is complete. Have a list of references available as well. When you are first starting out, this can seem daunting but there are a number of very cheap, some even free resources online that can help you get started on your resume.

In the event you are asked to provide a resume on the spot and you can’t provide one, it makes you look un professional and un-prepared. You don’t want to be the guy who says “I need to update mine and get back to you”. Don’t be that guy. Once you have your resume updated, you can upload it to our database here to put it directly in front of thousands of oil and gas industry hiring managers, HR and pipeline companies hiring today!

7. Be Willing to Travel

If you’ve never worked on the pipeline, and you see your pipeliner friends or family come home after months on the road with wads of cash, brand new jacked up trucks and sporting fancy Ariats you may think to yourself, “I’ve got to get on that pipeline”. Let me tell you, when they say travel they don’t mean they’ll send you out for the week and be home on the weekend. You’re gone, sometimes for months on end. So it’s best to get your financial, family and relationship affairs in order BEFORE you leave for work. Make sure you’re significant other is on board and understands what this means. It means sacrifice. You’re going to be giving up your time. You’ll be away from home for a paycheck but be careful not to squander it. It’s tempting when you get that first paycheck to drop it down on that shiny new F-150 the dealer put out front, up on a rack, in your favorite color. It’s already got the lift, the rims and the works just how you envisioned it. This is your first warning. Don’t do it. Save your money for a rain out. There will be plenty, trust me.

The toughest thing about being on the pipeline isn’t the work. You’ll work hard and long there’s no doubt. However, the hardest part about the #pipelinelife is being away from home and the people you care about for extended periods of time. It’s going to be hard. If you’re not used to it, it can get downright depressing at times. Especially when your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend back home sends you pictures of the life you are missing out on. This is what we sacrifice in order to put meat on the table. You have to make a personal decision if this is worth it or not. I have personally seen many greenhorns give up before they even got their first paycheck. They just couldn’t hack it.

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8. Be Ready to Pass a DOT Drug Test

This one’s pretty simple. I’m not going to go into too much detail here but there are some things to keep in mind. All pipeline companies are required to do federal Department of Transportation (DOT) drug screening pre-employment. These drug tests are sanctioned, managed and catalogued by the Pipeline Testing Consortium (PTC). They don’t fuck around. Get clean or stay home. If you fail a drug test under the PTC it might be tough to get your foot in the door. This stays on your record and makes hiring difficult moving forward as well. I’ve had to personally escort people to drug re-screenings who I knew for certain would not pass. if you get an inconclusive result you will have to test again with a witness. It’s embarrassing for everyone involved. Don’t be that guy.

9. Network, Network, Network

Once you are in, you’re in. Now if you want to stay in you’re going to want to make friends, listen, learn and be open to as much as possible. There’s going to be a lot to take in and a lot to learn. There will be guys that try to offer advice and it’s wise to at least listen. Get to know the people involved including the inspectors, surveyors, X-Ray, the welders and anyone else. Some of these guys and gals can seem tough on the outside and hard to approach but I can assure you most pipeliners are giant teddy bears at heart. We are a proud bunch of redneck good ol’ boys just working for a paycheck. We’ve all got hobbies, friends and family.

So don’t be shy. Make connections and try your best to keep them. Don’t piss anyone off or burn any bridges. Always where your vest, hard hat, safety glasses, steel toed cowboy boots and stay on the right of way (ROW) at all times. Hopefully this is a good start for beginners trying to learn how to get hired on the pipeline. Any suggestions, comments and additions are more than welcome in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline holds job fair in Augusta County, Virginia

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is searching across several states for those who want to work on the project and now they’re looking in the Valley.

The fair was held at the Augusta County Expo and drew people from all over, like Mike Fassett, who was from North Carolina.

“I was actually welding in South Carolina last week so I didn’t make it to any of the North Carolina seminars,” Fassett said.

He was just like everyone else there, looking for construction work on the proposed pipeline.

“I’ve always wanted to get on the pipeline. I’ve been a welder for the last twenty years,” Fassett said. “Just got my CWI and ASNT certification so I figured this is a great opportunity to come out and see what they had to offer.”

Aaron Ruby with Dominion Energy, said there will be more than 17,000 jobs across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

“In Virginia alone, we’re talking about 8,000 new jobs, this pipeline is going to support,” said Ruby. “And these are good paying, middle class, construction jobs. These are folks that make, at an entry level, twenty to twenty-five dollars an hour.”

While some were there looking for work, others, like Nancy Sorrels, wanted to send a message, saying they don’t want the pipeline.

“They’re doing their job and we’re doing our job for our community and we just wanted to, we wanted to make sure that people know the reality of this situation and the truth,” said Sorrels. “So we were there to try and be front and center about the truth about what’s going to happen.”

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LNG Projects to Bring Economic Boom and Jobs Growth for Oil, Natural Gas Industry.

A recent ICF inc. Study commissioned by LNG Allies projects the cumulative contribution to US economic growth from the addition of more LNG plants will range from $716 billion to $1.267 trillion between 2013 and 2050. It also projected 2-3.9 million job-years from US LNG plants during that period.

LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) projects to boost ecenomic growth for oil and gas industry

Considering the value chain (LNG and US gas supply), the cumulative economic benefits from LNG exports could range $1.664-3.255 trillion and 7.346-15.459 million job-years during the 37-year period, the study indicated.

“This updated report shows LNG exports also provide important economic benefits to the US by stimulating job creation, increased economic activity, and tax revenue,” LNG Allies Pres. Fred L. Hutchison said at an Apr. 17 Capitol Hill event where the study was released.

The study began with the reference, high oil and gas, and high oil cases in the US Energy Information Administration’s 2018 Annual Energy Outlook, noted ICF Vice-Pres. Harry Vidas, who directed the research.

ICF study for LNG Allies projects potential US economic, oil and gas jobs growth

“Technology evolution was a relatively new major influence,” he said. “EIA basically told us that in a higher production technology environment, US LNG becomes more competitive on global markets. Higher oil and gas prices also create more opportunities for it to compete.”

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

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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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API Launches Pipeline Construction Safety Program

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) and North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have established a Pipeline Construction Safety Training Program. This landmark program combines the best practices of both the building trades unions and the natural gas and oil industry into a safety program applicable throughout all energy infrastructure construction.

The initiative will build upon existing NABTU safety courses, which were developed by the NABTU-affiliated Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). The first stage is a customized OSHA 10-hour construction safety class that will incorporate specific pipeline safety information developed jointly by API and NABTU.

“The program offers a way for industry and our union allies to expand the econoheremic opportunities for workers and to help ensure that industry has a skilled and committed workforce capable of building the energy infrastructure our nation needs to meet ever-growing demand,” said Jack Gerard, API president and CEO. “Safety is a shared priority with the common goal of zero incidents. The Pipeline Construction Safety Training Program is an important milestone toward that goal.”

The training is part of NABTU’s current offerings to its members – specifically apprentices and journeymen. The initial program will be available to pipeline construction personnel from the Laborers (LiUNA), the Operating Engineers (IUOE), and the United Association (UA). The course will provide industry specific training that includes fire safety, safety in confined spaces, and fall hazards. An API-U certificate – recognized industry wide as the gold standard for training in oil and gas – will be issued upon completion of the course.

“Our unions represent the safest, most talented, and highly trained skilled craft professionals the world has ever seen. NABTU members from coast to coast are committed to safely and effectively building the energy infrastructure this country needs – and this collaboration with API reinforces that objective,” said Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the oil and natural gas industry to help our members be better equipped with the necessary skills to not just attain a job, but to find a successful career in construction. We have long been focused on creating opportunities to strengthen and expand America’s middle class – this effort will lead to growth in America’s economy and energy security alike.”

The API-U certificate and future supplements to the program will be designed by a joint committee of experts from Building Trades, Oil & Gas, and Training & Apprenticeships programs.

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Trudeau Promises Financial Backing for Trans Mountain Pipeline

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pledging financial backing and legislation to ensure that Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is completed, after B.C. Premier John Horgan gave no ground at a hastily called meeting in Ottawa on Sunday.

Emerging from a two-hour session on Parliament Hill, Mr. Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley made it clear that their respective governments are determined to see construction proceed this summer, despite legal and political challenges from B.C. and protests on the ground.

“The Trans Mountain expansion is a vital strategic interest to Canada − it will be built,” Mr. Trudeau said after the meeting.

The Prime Minister interrupted a 10-day foreign trip to bring together Mr. Horgan and Ms. Notley after Kinder Morgan suspended all “non-essential” spending on Trans Mountain a week ago and set a May 31 deadline to keep the project alive. In the wake of that ultimatum, both Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Notley promised financial support from their respective governments to remove the risk of continuing political battles from the shoulders of Kinder Morgan and its shareholders.

On Sunday, Mr. Horgan continued to insist that he has an obligation to protect B.C. coasts from oil spills and said his government will pursue a reference in federal court to clarify his government’s authority to regulate transportation of oil-sands bitumen through the province.

“We continue to disagree on the question of moving diluted bitumen from Alberta to the port of Vancouver,” he said.

He added, however, that he will stand down if the court rules against his government. The B.C. Premier said the tone of the meeting was cordial, noting that Mr. Trudeau assured him Ottawa would not pursue measures to punish B.C. over its pipeline position.

The Trans Mountain project pits B.C. against Alberta and other Western provinces, as well as the business community against Indigenous leaders and local political leaders in B.C.’s lower mainland.

Mr. Trudeau said on Sunday that he has instructed Finance Minister Bill Morneau to enter into talks with Kinder Morgan Inc. The Alberta government will join the negotiations.

He provided no details of what the financial support might entail, though officials have said it could be a form of political risk insurance, loan guarantees or even a direct investment. Ms. Notley says her government is also prepared to invest in the Trans Mountain project, or take it over completely if that is what is needed to keep it on track.

The Prime Minister insisted the government will protect the interest of taxpayers, even as it provides financial backing for a $7.4-billion project whose price tag could escalate dramatically.

The Liberal government will also introduce legislation soon that reasserts federal jurisdiction over the Trans Mountain project, an approach Liberal ministers had previously dismissed as irrelevant since the Constitution and courts have clearly given Ottawa pre-eminent authority over interprovincial pipelines.

After months of making reassuring statements, Ottawa was spurred into crisis mode a week ago when Kinder Morgan put forward its ultimatum.

The Houston-based company said it needed to see a “clear path” to completion, uncluttered by British Columbia’s delaying tactics and threats of regulation that would jeopardize the project’s economic viability. In addition, Kinder Morgan’s chief executive Steve Kean said the company must have financial protection for its shareholders if it is going to ramp up spending to $300-million this summer.

The promise of financial backing from Ottawa and Alberta may ease the financial risk, but the two governments offered no clear answer for Kinder Morgan’s insistence that B.C. ends its indirect threats to block the project. In addition, any court reference would take months, taking a legal resolution well beyond Kinder Morgan’s deadline.

Ms. Notley said her government and Ottawa are having “significant conversations” with Kinder Morgan to provide financial security to the project, but declined to provide details.

“I’m quite confident in the nature of the conversation we are having at this point [that we] will get the job done in terms of eliminating the uncertainty,” she said.

Pipeline opponents argue that by pledging financial support for the pipeline project, the Trudeau government is breaking a long-standing promise to reduce subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry.

Ms. Notley’s NDP government will introduce legislation on Monday that will allow it to cut the flow of crude, gasoline and diesel to B.C., a move that would drive up pump prices on the West Coast.

First Nations leaders who oppose the pipeline remained defiant Sunday in the face of Mr. Trudeau’s pledge to remove the political uncertainty that threatens to derail the project. “What he is ignoring is that we are the uncertainty,” said Will George, who is leading the effort to blockade Kinder Morgan’s terminal. “We will not be bought and we will block this pipeline.”

Mr. Trudeau insisted on Sunday that his government had carried out an unprecedented amount of consultation with First Nations prior to approving the project in November 2016, and noted that 43 Indigenous communities have signed benefit packages with Kinder Morgan, including 33 in B.C.

Meanwhile, pipeline protesters who have been arrested for civil contempt at the company’s Burnaby Mountain facilities will learn on Monday if they will face criminal prosecution. More than 170 people have been arrested since mid-March, including federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.

Mr. Trudeau’s pledge to introduce legislation asserting federal authority in approving pipelines could also create a backlash in Quebec, where politicians insist the provinces must play a key role in approving major energy projects that could pose environmental risks.

Recent comments by federal officials evoking the Canadian government’s exclusive authority over the Trans Mountain project raise concerns for the future, Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec minister responsible for Canadian relations, wrote in LaPresse on the weekend.

“They encourage [project] promoters to ignore provincial environmental regulations enacted in the name of citizens,” He called for the Canadian government to practice a “co-operative federalism” and work with provinces on such major proposals.

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