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Trans Mountain announcement expected later today

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Today, two key British Columbia cabinet ministers are expected to outline the government's next steps on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after campaigning against the project.

B.C.'s new NDP government says it will make an announcement on Thursday morning regarding the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

No details have been provided about the announcement by Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman, but the future of the CAN$7.4 billion project has been heavily scrutinised since the NDP government came to power.

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

Last month, Eby said the province would not artificially delay permits for the project, because doing so would risk a costly lawsuit from proponent Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada.

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

Trans Mountain says construction is set to begin in September.

The B.C. Green Party said in an email that in keeping with the “good faith and no surprises principle” in their agreement with the NDP, it won’t be commenting until after the announcement.

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