Government to file reference case: Can BC control pipeline flow?

Government to file reference case: Can BC control pipeline flow?

Government to file reference case: Can BC control pipeline flow?

Alberta's latest salvo against in the fight to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline is necessary to keep up the political pressure on B.C., says the province's energy minister.

Nationally, more Canadians said they were losing overall patience with the B.C. government's delay tactics - two in three said wrong to try to stop the pipeline from moving forward.

Alberta has recently introduced a legislation allowing it to cut exports of oil & gas to British Columbia. "The division that is being caused by Alberta holding its breath until it turns blue to get what it wants isn't going to do anything".

If fossil fuel exports are restricted by Alberta it could drastically drive up gas prices in the coastal province.

"We're being hurt by not having access, whether it be through rail or by pipeline capacity for our landlocked province, so that is the ultimate impact we're trying to correct by beginning the construction of this federally approved pipeline", Moe said, later adding, "We're standing up for private business in Saskatchewan to the tune of trying to close that differential, that $2.6-billion differential that we have in our energy industry".

In other parts of B.C., support for the pipeline jumped to 60 per cent in favour, 32 per cent opposed and 8 per cent unsure.

The licences can set limits on where product goes and on how much can be exported over a defined period of time.

Companies could be fined $10 million for each day of the offence, and individuals $1 million per day.

Likewise, the federal Liberals are anxious that if they push the pipeline project ahead, disgruntled B.C. voters may punish them in the next federal election, which is just over two years from now.

Renaud said that the premier has said repeatedly that everything needs to be on the table in the battle over oil shipments.

"Why don't you get a lawyer and politicians to get the message through".

Quebec's Liberal government threw its support to Horgan in an opinion piece published last Saturday that said Ottawa would harm federal-provincial relations by making a unilateral decision on the project without B.C.'s blessing. Just under half (46 per cent) of Canadians say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not handling the dispute well, compared to 38 per cent saying the same of B.C. Premier John Horgan and 29 per cent of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

Attorney General David Eby said Wednesday the province will take its case to the B.C. Court of Appeal, the highest court that it is able to refer such questions under the province's Constitutional Question Act.

After Kinder Morgan made the announcement, Alberta entered into discussions with the oil company to "establish a financial relationship that will eliminate investor risk".

Imperial Oil Ltd. spokesman Jon Harding said Tuesday the Calgary-based company, which ships refined products on Trans Mountain, "understands the rationale" for Bill 12 and will comply if it's passed, but hopes a solution can be found that negates the need for its use.

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