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BC environment minister doesn't expect province to back down in pipeline battle

13 April, 2018, 07:22 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Trudeau said ready to press BC to accept Trans Mountain pipeline

But in the three days since, Notley is making an even more outrageous offer: Alberta could buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project outright and take the federal government as their investment partner!

A spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office confirmed the meeting to reporters aboard the prime minister's plane bound for the Summit of the Americas in Peru shortly before issuing a press release, reports the Global News.

Kinder Morgan Canada (OTCPK:KMLGF) said earlier this week it will scrap the C$7.4B expansion project from Alberta to the west coast unless all legal and jurisdictional challenges are resolved by May 31, but a government source tells Reuters that "there aren't an bad lot of options for the prime minister".

"I think that's the smart approach, the prime minister and finance minister have been very clear about that", she said.

The Trans Mountain project is meant to move Alberta oil by pipeline to a port near Vancouver for shipment overseas.

The impasse has become one of the most hard political predicaments to date for the Trudeau government, which is being squeezed between those who accuse it of not doing enough to get the expansion built, and critics who don't want to see it built at all.

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After meeting with Ms. Notley on Wednesday, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau pledged that Ottawa will meet the tight deadline to provide a rescue plan for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, including possible financial support, so that construction can proceed this summer.

McKenna told BNN that environmental concerns over the pipeline, which is the main sticking point for the B.C. government, have already been dealt with by the federal government. "I'm all about action on climate change, but we are also in a long term transition and we need to get our resources to market".

Pallister said he spoke out because he believes the pipeline expansion is in the national interest and one province shouldn't be allowed to stand in the way.

Going into the oil biz with a Prime Minister named Trudeau?

Aurore Fauret, with the group 350 Canada, says Trudeau has not provided any scientific evidence to back his claims that the pipeline will pose no risk to emissions levels, the oceans or coastlines.

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