Notley pushes for progress in BC pipeline dispute

Pauline Gross
February 15, 2018

A ban on imports of B.C. wine from the province's neighbour to the east. The premier has been tweeting out messages in recent days that she has said were from B.C. residents who support the pipeline expansion proposed by Texas-based Kinder Morgan.

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Despite calls for a retaliatory ban on Alberta beef, Horgan has also so far pledged to ignore Notley's provocation.

"The federal government gets the ridiculousness of [B.C.'s proposal] as much as we do but sitting back and letting B.C. threaten [the expansion] and not doing anything to tell them to pull back the threat... they've got to stop talking about their ability to do something illegal". The minister noted Ottawa intervened with the National Energy Board, supporting its plan to require B.C.to speed up the issuance of construction-related permits to Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., which owns the pipeline.

The Alberta government has set up a "sign your name here" online petition on the provincial government's website, looking to draw supporters in their efforts to push through the pipeline.

"I'm suggesting that it should be a tool box that is legal, not a stolen tool box, not a tool box that belongs to a different level of government", Notley said Monday. Still, B.C. Premier John Horgan has to do something. It is unclear whether anyone from the Alberta NDP government will attend this weekend's Convention, which kicks off Friday.

Ottawa approved the Trans Mountain pipeline in 2016.

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The two premiers haven't spoken since Notley announced her wine ban, but both have been discussing the pipeline issue with officials from the federal government.

"All I will say is there are other tools that we have at our disposal that will turn the temperature up and volume up", Notley told reporters.

"If you delay these investment projects too long, this does have real implications for the proponent", Tombe said. "I know that is not the case for all Alberta politicians these day, but my focus is definitely on spending my time here in Alberta".

"There are hundreds of regulatory elements that have been solved that Alberta - or British Columbia - could very quickly just change and frustrate the private sector trying to do business with each other", Black said. She introduced an opposition motion in the House of Commons on Monday calling on the federal government to make public no later than February 15, its specific plan to get the pipeline built.

Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs, however, said the government has been all talk and no action on the file to this point and fears the government is happy to let the project die.

This time, she didn't withdraw from negotiations to buy B.C. electricity.

The problem is, provinces don't have the authority to regulate what goes through pipelines.

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