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Denouncing the project as a grave threat to Indigenous lands and Canada's water supply, green groups and climate activists vowed to do everything in their power to thwart the pipeline expansion.

"The federal government has reached an agreement with Kinder Morgan to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and the infrastructure related to the project", he said.

"My experience is that people are motivated by betrayal, they're motivated by a lack of fairness, they're motivated by a sense of shared common objective and outrage".

Also on Tuesday, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr insisted Canada would not put the economy above a clean environment. Completing the expansion of the line to triple its capacity will cost an bad lot more - the estimate now is $7.4 billion and costs could well escalate with further delay. Earlier this month, her government passed a law giving Alberta the power to limit oil and gas exports to other regions, which could cause gasoline and jet fuel prices to spike in B.C.

"We're going to see more of this until we get to a point where we have stable government that recognizes jurisdiction and also that recognizes that projects that have passed through the stages that they need to pass through the stages of approval should be built", he said. It was a remote location that took most people five to seven hours to get through.

Right now, the British Columbian government is fighting a battle over jurisdiction in court.

Kinder Morgan chief executive officer Steve Kean is happy with the deal, saying it benefits Canadians, Trans Mountain expansion project shippers and this company's shareholders.

"The protesters and the opposition, and the civil disobedience is probably going to increase", Khelsilem said.

"It's the kind of epic disaster of the last century I couldn't imagine a modern government doing, but that's exactly what we are doing", May said.

In October, Indigenous and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the National Energy Board, Kinder Morgan and the federal government. That doesn't include money that will have to be spent for the proposed twining of that pipeline.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the government's long-awaited, big-budget strategy on Tuesday to save the plan to expand the oilsands pipeline.

It's one of the most controversial projects in B.C. history and now that Canadian taxpayers will likely be footing the bill for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, there are growing concerns about the economic gamble.

Those who gathered outside the event centre on Wednesday says they're glad that the government stepped in, but are disappointed because it never should have been necessary. Even with government support, it remains to be seen whether the project will ultimately be completed. Ottawa was forced to act because of "politically induced uncertainty created by the province (of B.C.)" after the project was already approved which has "potentially devastating impacts on investor confidence in Canada", he said.

While the Canadian government says it does not plan to be the long-term owner of the pipeline, its decision to purchase the project on Tuesday is part of an effort to ensure the massive pipeline expansion proceeds this summer as planned.

He added the move is not carte blanche to build a pipeline, and there's still a long way to go.

Peter McCartney, with Wilderness Committee, says the move changes the role the federal government now plays in the energy industry.