Canada Prime Minister Moves to Deliver on Northern B.C. Oil Tanker Ban Promise

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sworn into office, November 4, 2015. Photo: Prime Minister of Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sworn into office, November 4, 2015. Photo: Prime Minister of Canada

ReutersVANCOUVER, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instructed Transport Minister Marc Garneau, in a letter released on Friday, to formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia.

The Ministry of Transport will work with numerous other ministries to develop the moratorium, which was a Liberal campaign promise ahead of elections last month.

A ban on oil tanker traffic on the northwest coast will essentially kill Enbridge Inc’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project, which would have carried oil from Alberta to the port of Kitimat for export to Asian markets. (Reporting by Julie Gordon in Vancouver and Randall Palmer in Ottawa, editing by G Crosse)

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