BC government sues Alberta over plan to restrict fuel shipments

Doug Carpenter
May 29, 2018

The bill gives the Alberta government the ability to retaliate against the B.C. government for any delays to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, including driving up gas prices and restricting exports to the province that would include gasoline, oil, diesel and natural gas.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is skipping the annual gathering of Western premiers, saying she will not engage on any other issue while British Columbia is opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline project.

"I understand Premier Notley's frustration, I share her frustrations", Moe said.

As the clock ticks down until the May 31 deadline over the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, which will triple the amount of tar sands being transported from Alberta to the British Columbian coast, the campaign against its expansion is spreading overseas.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh will offer a very different perspective on how Ottawa should be handling the pipeline file at a pre-QP press availability in the Commons Foyer, where, alongside "several members of his caucus", he's expected to highlight the government's "failure to take any steps towards eliminating subsidies to the fossil fuel industry", including - but not limited to - "the recent proposal to subsidize Kinder Morgan".

Whereupon Notley fired up a threat to (as she put it in an April 8 posting on social media) "to impose seriously economic consequences on British Columbia if its government continues on its present course".

His concerns largely stem from the limited science available on how diluted bitumen behaves if it is spilled and the risk that comes from increasing the amount of it being shipped on tankers out of Kinder Morgan's marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C.

"The deal has to get done with Kinder if the focus is to get the pipeline in service by 2020", McConaghy says, noting the cost and delays involved in bringing in a third party.

"We're not acting like a country, we're acting like a bunch of provinces", he said. The B.C. Supreme Court has yet to rule in a case testing the province's jurisdiction. "We are going to not allow Kinder Morgan to finish this pipeline". "We will use every tool in our tool box to stop the project from going ahead".

Not only is the growing resistance from the local community, indigenous rights groups and local and US-based environmental groups to the pipeline, but even the financial community thinks the economics and changing energy market is stacked against it. Wal van Lierop is president and CEO of Chrysalix Venture Capital.

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