Recommendation coming down the pipe for Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion

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Audrey Siegl, of the Musqueam First Nation, chants and beats a drum during a protest outside National Energy Board hearings on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C., in January.

VANCOUVER — A key decision that will have an impact on the future of Canada’s oil economy is expected this week after two years of work, millions in expense and controversy that galvanized protests and prompted mass arrests.

The National Energy Board is set to announce by Friday whether it supports Kinder Morgan’s proposal to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries diluted bitumen from the oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., for export.

The company’s plan would add about 980 kilometres of new pipeline and reactivate about 190 kilometres of existing pipeline. The Westridge Marine Terminal beside Burrard Inlet off Burnaby would also be expanded.

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