B.C. files constitutional challenge of Alberta’s fuel restriction law

B.C. files constitutional challenge of Alberta’s fuel restriction law

Former TransCanada executive Dennis McConaghy says it would be a "political disaster" for both Morneau and Notley if the pipeline in-service date is delayed beyond 2020 because both governments have staked their reputations on its completion.

Premier Rachel Notley wasn't mincing words Wednesday after federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh chastised the federal Liberal government for subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, and in particular, offering a financial backstop to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. "A company can not resolve differences between governments".

Kinder Morgan set the deadline in part due to frustrations with delays caused by British Columbia government, which is concerned about possible oil spills.

Alberta dropped out, but Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will be attending the Western Premiers' Conference this week in the Northwest Territories.

Next day, Alberta energy minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd expanded on the threat on the floor of the Alberta legislature.

Advocating the project in a Vancouver Sun editorial, Notley wrote, "We can get a fair return for our oil produced under an emissions cap or we can see those resources evaporate".

But Eby insisted there is "a big difference" between Alberta's oil shut-off law and his government's request for a B.C. judge to rule on the province's power to regulate oil imports on environmental grounds. "They've made some decisions, and we're going to inflict pain on those economic decisions so they understand what they've done".

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If Alberta does restrict oil transports to B.C. gas pumps, he said, the province is prepared to ask a judge to make an order against it through an injunction.

If Trans Mountain fails, it would be the third major Canadian export pipeline project to stall in two years, putting greater pressure on Canadian heavy crude prices that already trade at a discount to global prices due to limited transport. "The other is gasoline or jet fuel to be used by (B.C.) citizens to move around freely".

Kinder Morgan Canada declined to comment.

The company suspended all non-essential construction on the project in April, citing opposition from the B.C. government that put the viability of the pipeline in question.

Also on Wednesday, Moody's warned that the Trans Mountain pipeline is deemed credit negative for Alberta, despite federal government indemnity for the project.

Drawing on those and other public pronouncements by B.C. Greens and New Democrats, one could readily conclude that the B.C. reference case, no less than Alberta Bill 12, was also motivated by politics.

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