As you know, the National Energy Board is recommending approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, saying it’s in the Canadian public interest.
There are, however, 157 conditions that must be met, but that’s not all.
BC will also have to do a favorable assessment, and then Ottawa will have to push the start button.
And, that’s still not all that stands in the way of, as the NEB puts it, increased oil markets and thousands of construction and other jobs, Indigenous development, and considerable government revenue.
That rumble you hear in the background is Greenpeace and other detractors, who have been fighting this expansion, with an eye to moving away from fossil fuels.
It will be interesting to watch them deal with the Alberta NDP who, with their pipeline past, call this a responsible project.
It will also be interesting to observe Prime Minister Trudeau, who claims to have the backs of the people of Fort McMurray.
Will he show some leadership in getting this pipeline approved, or will we have to lightly elbow him to keep his eyes on the prize?
Let me know what you think will happen.