British Columbia's provincial government has officially approved the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
B.C. Premier Christy Clarke confirmed Wednesday that all five of the province's conditions have now been met.
Premier Rachel Notley says she is "very happy" with B.C.'s approval of the project and is convinced it will help boost Alberta's economy.
"It's another green shoot with respect to our economic recovery. We're not out of the woods yet by any means. There's a lot of difficult times ahead, and hard work to do. But this is certainly something, that of course in the long-term, will have measurable benefits in terms of GDP, and jobs and bringing in investment," explained Notley.
"Working families shouldn’t have to choose between good jobs and the environment. World-class environmental standards and a strong economy that benefits working people must go hand-in-hand. The Kinder Morgan pipeline offers us an historic opportunity to demonstrate that these values can, and must, go hand in hand."
The deal will see Kinder Morgan pay British Columbia upwards of $1-billion over the next two decades. Notley went on to say she doesn't think this will set any kind of precedent for similar pipeline projects down the road.
"It demonstrates clearly that there is a right way to get these projects done. After years of failure by former conservative governments, this government was elected to take a new approach. Instead of shouting at our computer screens and political grandstanding, we brought people together to have a respectful conversation about climate change and the future of our energy industry."
When asked during a news conference, Notley responded to criticism from actress Jane Fonda, who toured the Fort McMurray oilsands earlier this week.
"I would suggest that dining out on your celebrity (status) is something that one ought to also pair with knowledge and research. She failed to do that."
Notley went on to call Fonda's remarks "tone deaf".
- Trevor Snell