Opponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgOpponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Vancouver Sun:Opponents of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion projects want the Trudeau government to provide an updated construction-cost estimate. The estimated cost has already risen significantly, to $9.3 billion from $5.4 billion.The latest cost figure is from 2018, contained in documents filed by Houston, Texas-based Kinder Morgan with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The financial documents were filed for Kinder Morgan’s prospective sale of the expansion project and the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.West Coast Environmental Law Association lawyer Eugene Kung said Tuesday that the federal government should provide an updated construction cost figure because the information is needed to have a fulsome discussion on the project and judge its viability. “Financial information is being hidden,” Kung said at a Vancouver news conference to highlight their demand.The project — now expected to be completed by 2022 — has been delayed several times and continues to face court challenges from First Nations. Other First Nations support the project and are eyeing an ownership stake, which the Trudeau government has said is a possibility.In a written response to Postmedia, federal finance department officials said the Trans Mountain Corp. will update the cost once it has secured additional regulatory permits that will result in a better understanding of scheduling. In its response, officials also asserted the project remains commercially viable. The Trudeau government approved the project a second time in the summer.Canada purchased the Trans Mountain expansion project and the existing pipeline in the spring of 2018 after Kinder Morgan signaled it was going to pull the plug because of uncertainty and opposition to the project, in particular from the B.C. NDP government. [Gordon Hoekstra]More: Trans Mountain pipeline expansion opponents demand updated project costlast_img read more

Chung stresses on importance of maintenance

first_imgThis was the statement made by Oceania Football Confederation and PNG Football Association President, David Chung, during the opening of the two-day maintenance seminar this week in Port Moresby.The seminar that was run by FIFA had trainers fly in from the FIFA headquarters in Switzerland.They were Daniel Krebs, football facilities and income generation program manager, Mark Jennings-Temple, FIFA football turf and natural grass consultant and Steven Guley, FIFA facilities consultant. The seminar was attended by facilities and turf managers from within the Oceania Confederation. This included participants from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and host country Papua New Guinea. Chung said the workshop will enhance the participants’ skills in maintaining the field quality in order to have quality football fields for their players to enjoy. “I am sure that all of you will benefit from sharing ideas and also from learning from the FIFA experts who are here to ensure you learn as much from them and bring back your knowledge to implement in your respective countries,” said Chung. He said FIFA’s Forward Football Development program has committed USD25 million so far in the Oceania region since 2008 in building football facilities, and such workshops are beneficial to ensure the investment is sustainable. In welcoming the participants, Kreb said the objective of the seminar is to get them to learn about how to maintain their pitches and facilities. “Turf and facility maintenance is integral, therefore knowing how to maintain those two things will enable you to be strategic in your budgeting,” said Kreb.last_img read more