NewsAlert: Feds explore buying Trans Mountain; Morneau's decision coming Tuesday

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Notley says she is not attending the meeting on Wednesday because her time is better spent making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline project goes ahead.

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.

"Albertans, British Columbians and all Canadians should understand that if the path forward for the pipeline through B.C.is not settled soon, I'm ready and prepared to turn off the taps", Alberta PM Rachel Notley said last week.

"Premiers always have to juggle a number of competing priorities and commitments and I respect Premier Notley's decision to focus her attention elsewhere", the Premier of the Northwest Territories said in a statement issued on Monday.

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The former chief executive of Alberta Investment Management Corporation said he expects the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will ultimately be built, but the federal and Alberta governments will likely need to take financial stakes in it first. "A company can not resolve differences between governments".

Whereupon Notley fired up a threat to (as she put it in an April 8 posting on social media) "to impose seriously economic consequences on British Columbia if its government continues on its present course".

"We have granted permits at the same pace and with the same process as the previous [B.C.] government", he said Tuesday.

His concerns largely stem from the limited science available on how diluted bitumen behaves if it is spilled and the risk that comes from increasing the amount of it being shipped on tankers out of Kinder Morgan's marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C.

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Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs, who represents Lakeland in northeast Alberta, will introduce the bill to the House of Commons within the next two days, Cousineau said.

Notley disagreed that B.C. has not caused delays, citing its court action as an example.

Morneau has already unveiled the third option: leaving original project architect Kinder Morgan to handle construction, but covering any cost overruns incurred as a result of political interference.

"It is not to stop the pipeline or prevent it", Eby argued.

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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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