Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Pipeline decision too close to chastise BC at western premiers meeting: Notley

Pipeline decision too close to chastise BC at western premiers meeting: Notley

She and other Alberta ministers made similar statements when Bill 12 was introduced, debated and passed, leaving no doubt that "its goal was to authorize the government of Alberta to reduce supplies of crude oil, natural gas and refined fuels to cause economic harm to British Columbians in order to punish and put pressure on B.C".

"The government of Alberta introduced and supported the Act because it asserts B.C.is responsible for "delays" to an expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline", says the claim, filed this week in court in Alberta.

Kinder Morgan has warned it will abandon its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if B.C. doesn't back down by the end of this month.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley bowed out of a Western premier's meeting this week saying she didn't think she could politely discuss pharmacare when one of the other premiers is trying to "choke the economic lifeblood" out of her province.

The British Columbia government filed a constitutional lawsuit Tuesday countering an Alberta government bill that would limit fuel being sent to the province.

Instead, Notley said she will meet with Kinder Morgan officials.

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Despite federal and provincial approvals, B.C.'s NDP government - which campaigned on using all tools available to stop the project - has declared that no increase in oil flow into the province will be allowed until there is further environmental study of what happens when bitumen spills into water. Premier John Horgan then shelved the threat to restrict bitumen in favour of asking the courts to rule on the extent of B.C.'s powers, if any, to regulate same.

"They are still reserving the right to play legal rope-a-dope until the cows come home", Notley said. "In order to protect and improve the things that matter to people, like pharmacare, we need a strong, functioning national economy".

The company, a unit of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc, set a May 31 deadline to decide if it will proceed with the expanded line from Edmonton, Alberta to a port in the Vancouver area, which would give landlocked Canadian crude greater access to foreign markets.

Before he left for the meeting, Horgan said he didn't expect tensions over the pipeline to dominate discussions among the premiers. "If there is a path to move forward, the federal government should be the lead in the collaboration in attempting to find that path", he said. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has offered an indemnity to backstop the pipeline project.

The project has been delayed by legal challenges from the province of British Columbia. "In addition to economic harm, a sudden disruption in supply could injure human health and safety in remote communities".

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