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SFU expert available on Supreme Court’s Trans Mountain Pipeline decision

January 16, 2020

In a setback for the B.C. government, the Supreme Court of Canada today dismissed the province’s appeal against a lower court decision that had set aside provincial legislation designed to block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

The court’s decision removes one of the remaining obstacles for the long-delayed pipeline project. Its proposed construction has been marked by fierce opposition from B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government.

If built, the pipeline would transport nearly a million barrels of oil from Alberta to the B.C. coast each day for export to Asian markets.

Professor Shahin Dashtgard, from Simon Fraser University’s Department of Earth Sciences, is available for comment.

To get in touch with him, please contact:

Shradhha Sharma, University Communications and Marketing, 778.782.3210,

Shahin Dashtgard, professor, Earth Sciences,, 778-782-5492 (till 4:30 pm), 604-347-8246 (after 4:30 pm)


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