Kinder Morgan Canada’s plan to nearly triple the capacity of a pipeline that runs from Alberta’s landlocked oil patch to the British Columbia coast was approved by the federal government in 2016, but B.C.’s New Democrat government and some First Nations have vowed to stop it over environmental concerns.

As the Trans Mountain pipeline saga crawls along, many continue to debate just how safe pipelines are for transporting oil and gas.

The message the Suncor CEO left with Trudeau was that pipeline access must be assured if the industry is to attract the capital it needs to grow, Steve Williams said on a conference call on Wednesday.

Fifty-six per cent of respondents say they support the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to B.C.’s coast, while 24 per cent of respondents oppose it. Twenty per cent of Canadians aren’t sure whether or not they should support it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed to the Vancouver region’s record-high gasoline prices Monday as he defended the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

“Pipelines are integral to the Canadian economy, but especially northern Alberta,” Viersen said. “Most of the petroleum products from Alberta are produced in northern Alberta. It affects us immensely.”

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