B.C. to take new steps on Trans-Mountain project

Two provincial cabinet ministers in British Columbia are expected to outline the New Democratic government's next steps today on the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion after having campaigned against the project.

No details have been provided about the announcement by Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman, but the future of the 7.4-billion dollar project has been heavily scrutinized since the new NDP government came to power last month.

Premier John Horgan promised on the campaign trail earlier this year to use "every tool in the toolbox'' to stop the project, but later softened the language to say Heyman must "defend B.C.'s interests in the face of'' the expansion.

Several First Nations and municipalities have filed legal challenges against the expansion, which would triple the capacity of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase the number of tankers in Vancouver-area waters seven-fold.

The project has been approved both by Ottawa and the province's former Liberal government.