June 18, 2019 / 8:49 PM / 4 months ago

Canada approves oil pipeline expansion, says construction should start soon

OTTAWA, June 18 (Reuters) - Canada as expected on Tuesday approved a hotly contested proposal to expand a crude oil pipeline it bought last year, providing hope for a depressed energy industry but most likely angering environmental groups.

Construction on the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is planned to start this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters. A senior government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, earlier said Ottawa expected legal challenges against the approval. (Reporting by David Ljunggren and Kelsey Johnson; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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