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Kinder Morgan makes final pitch for Trans Mountain expansion to energy board

Kinder Morgan lawyer Shawn Denstedt, Q.C., speaking to a NEB panel in Calgary on Thursday, with Kinder Morgan CEO Ian Anderson at his side. (Screenshot from NEB webcast).

Texas energy giant Kinder Morgan today presented its final argument to the National Energy Board on why the Trans Mountain pipeline should be built, after the Liberal government said the company would not need to restart its application.

“Regardless of the clamour… the project must be weighed against the greater public interest," company lawyer Shawn Denstedt told the Calgary NEB panel on Thursday, with Kinder Morgan Canada's CEO Ian Anderson sitting at his side.

The moment marks the start of what is expected to be a very heated set of oral hearings in Alberta and B.C. that will conclude in February 2016. Fifty-nine intervenor groups — including residents, cities and First Nations —will speak about the proposed pipeline expansion.

The process will also be a key test of the new Trudeau government, which promised to overhaul oil pipeline reviews, take "real action on climate change," shift Canada to a low-carbon economy, and respect Indigenous rights and community wishes.

The full story can be read here on National Observer's website.

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