Clark says Ottawa close to meeting B.C.'s five pipeline conditions

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark addressing the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2015 where she was urged to reject the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Photo by Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press

Premier Christy Clark says the federal government is close to meeting the B.C. government's five conditions for its approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Clark says her government is still working with Ottawa on spill response and it still wants assurances on jobs and the economic benefits for B.C.

She says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should come to the province to explain to British Columbians directly why his government considers the $6.8 billion pipeline expansion to be in the national interest.

Clark says she expects to have the five conditions in place before B.C.'s election in May, when the pipeline is expected to be a major issue.

Clark says B.C.'s five conditions are the province's path to support for heavy oil projects.

The Trans Mountain pipeline will increase the number of tankers leaving Vancouver-area waters seven-fold, prompting fierce opposition from local mayors, First Nations and environmental groups who say any risk of a diluted-bitumen spill is unacceptable.

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