"The opportunities that will come to workers as a result of these project approvals will help build Canada's future workforce," noted Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Council.

“There are those who are dead-set against pipeline development, but most polls show the majority of Canadians know hydrocarbons are an important part of our economy and they know pipelines are a safe way to transport them.”

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is confident the increased energy export capacity the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines afford Canada does not mean Ottawa will be quick to reject other projects under review.

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, which originates in Sherwood Park, and Enbridge's Line 3 with its starting point in the town of Hardisty, are estimated to pump nearly a million more barrels of oil a day from Alberta's oilsands to global markets.

There are approximately 840,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada — 25,000 km. of feeder lines, 250,000 km. of gathering lines, 450,000 km. of distribution lines, and 117,000 km. of transmission lines. They carry oil, refined petroleum products and natural gas...

Kinder Morgan has won cabinet approval for its $6.8 billion plan to triple the capacity of its northern Alberta-to-Burnaby pipeline system to 895,000 barrels a day.

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