April 26th, 2018

Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting

By The Canadian Press on April 12, 2018.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley talks to cabinet members about the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, in Edmonton Alta, on Monday, April 9, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will attend a meeting about the Trans Mountain pipeline in good faith and with an open mind, but the bottom line is the expansion project must get built without delay.

Notley also says she will bring in legislation next week that would allow her to curtail oil shipments to British Columbia – regardless of the outcome of her Sunday meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan.

Such action is expected to cause gas prices and other costs to spike in B.C.

Trudeau has called the meeting for Ottawa amid increasing public pressure to resolve the impasse over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.

The $7.4-billion expansion would triple the amount of oil headed to the coast, which Notley says is critical to ease transportation bottlenecks that are causing Canadian heavy oil to sell at a deep discount.

The project already has federal approval, but Kinder Morgan says delay tactics and court challenges by B.C. have put the financial viability of it in jeopardy.

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One Response to “Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting”

  1. Jagtech says:

    There have been suggestions that the Notley government would be open to using Provincial monies to invest in the Trans Mountain pipeline. This would be a huge mistake. Even if the Feds rule in favor of Alberta over the BC government on this issue, there will always be the Indiginous opposition to this, and any other, pipeline; and the Federal Government will not, (or can not), give into them.
    All of the taxpayer money that Notley throws at this issue will be for nothing.
    This pipeline has been doomed from the very beginning.

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