Canadian west coast tanker ban on the rocks

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s plans to ban tanker calls on the nation’s west coast – an election pledge from last year – look unlikely to materialise.

Local media report cabinet ministers are not in agreement over the tanker ban and a pipeline project to move Alberta tar sands oil to British Columbia for export to Asia is likely to be revived.

The 1,177 km Northern Gateway pipeline would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands.

Alberta premier Rachel Notley met with Trudeau Sunday evening and the pipeline and tanker ban were discussed.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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