Prime Minister Trudeau continues to cling to an ideological and dangerous assertion that his government has no responsibility to restrict fossil fuel supply in the middle of a global climate crisis.
The deck now stacked against those who have spent years fighting against Keystone XL.
"Today's announcement may as well have said that Canada is pulling out of the Paris climate agreement."
The Trans-Mountain project would almost triple the amount of tar sands oil flowing to a port near Vancouver, British Columbia.
Eaton says he hopes the research will result in better regulation and risk assessment processes.