Don't hold Alberta 'hostage,' Rachel Notley warns

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

He is opposed to diluted bitumen from the Alberta oilsands being shipped in tankers, which has carried on intermittently with the existing Trans Mountain pipeline since the late 1980s.

The fate of the pipeline project has been cast into further doubt by the results of last week's B.C. election, with the Green party which opposes the project holding the balance of power in a minority government.

A week ago, Christy Clark's Liberals came out of the B.C. election one seat shy of a majority government, though recounts and absentee ballots could change the outcome.

She acknowledged that some disagree with the pipeline expansion project, but believes they should not be allowed to hold the Canadian economy hostage.

"At the end of the day, this is a federal decision", Notley said at an 11 a.m. press conference at the legislature.

Energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan is seeking to raise up to C$1.75 billion ($1.29 billion) in an IPO to help fund the expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline project, which runs from Alberta's oil sands to the British Columbia coast.

The panel, however, said that moving all of the NEB, which is focused on pipeline regulations, would prove too disruptive, and that other proposals in the report better address concerns around bias stemming from the office being based along with the oil and gas industry in Calgary.

"If there were such tools, Canada would be less a country and more a combination of individual fiefdoms fighting with each other for advantage". The judicial review - advanced by municipalities, First Nations and environmental groups - challenges the National Energy Board's report and recommendation as well as the federal Governor in Council's Order in Council approving the expansion.

Officials said the province filed an intervention application with the court on April 13, 2017.

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