Alberta readies to cut BC fuel shipments in Canada pipeline row


Alberta readies to cut BC fuel shipments in Canada pipeline row

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said he would move forward with controversial pipeline plans despite protests and objections from the British Columbia Premier, and Canada's government was prepared to use taxpayer dollars to push the project forward, The Guardian reports.

It would direct pipeline companies, truckers and rail operators on how much oil product they ship and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.

But after a meeting with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia on Sunday, Trudeau insisted the project will go ahead.

After almost a decade since the last major oil pipeline was built, and with existing ones brimming with crude, Canada's energy industry is wondering when and if any new lifelines to foreign markets will go into the ground.

On Sunday, Trudeau pledged financial aid and said his government would draft legislation to reaffirm federal jurisdiction over the issue.

But she said Alberta is "very committed to putting pressure on come around and focus on what this pipeline actually means".

"The province of British Columbia is simply asking - through its reference case - for the judicial system to rule on its constitutional rights", he said.

The B.C. government will now take time to review the legislation before deciding on a course of action, Eby said.

"Impact Benefit Agreements between band councils and third parties like Kinder-Morgan are the business of those communities and if it is the will of those people who make those decisions than they should have that liberty", said Gabriel. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project.

"These measures improve marine safety and responsible shipping, protect Canada's marine environment, and offer new possibilities for Indigenous and coastal communities", Deslongchamps said. The expansion of the pipeline, which extends from Alberta to the B.C. coast, is desperately needed by oil-rich Alberta, which wants to export more of the crude it produces.

Trudeau said he is open to taking additional steps to satisfy B-C's concerns about an oil spill but Horgan said he remains concerned about how a spill could be cleaned up and who would pay for it.

The Kinder Morgan project would triple the amount of oil shipped on the current line, but has faced repeated court challenges and permit delays.

For months, the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia have been locked in a standoff over plans, spearheaded by Texas-based Kinder Morgan, to expand an existing pipeline and lay almost 1,000km of new pipe from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific coast.

Horgan referred to the meeting as "cordial" though acknowledged his disagreements with Trudeau and Notley over a number of issues.

Notley suggested May 31 will be key if the viability of the pipeline project is still in question.

"We are going to get the pipeline built".

Alberta will work with resource companies as things develop, she said. That, taken together with the current stalemate between the provincial government and the federal one, brings to clear contrast just how large the cultural differences are between the west and east coasts of Canada.



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