Alberta's Notley launches pro-Trans Mountain pipeline advertisements in BC

Posted May 13, 2018

"We will not stand on the sidelines in the battle for the hearts and minds of Canadians", she told reporters.

THE City of Burnaby on Wednesday filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in relation to the National Energy Board's (NEB) December ruling that declared Burnaby's PPA and tree bylaws constitutionally inapplicable to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline construction. Alberta's Premier also pointed out that the province's bill allowing the restriction of crude shipments to select provinces, like B.C., is expected to pass. Notley has already notified the B.C. government that any delaying tactics could bring serious consequences.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley unveils an ad that will be running in B.C. about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Edmonton on May 10, 2018.

Corrigan, who has long opposed the pipeline expansion project, said he believed "even federal pipelines" should follow normal rules within municipalities and respect municipal approval processes. The premier said more than half the budget - $700,000 - will be targeted at B.C.

"BC should be, quite frankly, careful what it asks for", she adds.

Alberta has started a new campaign in B.C. that hopes to highlight the benefits and "counter the misinformation, harassment and obstruction" that the Trans Mountain Pipeline project has faced. The Liberal government is also seeking intervener status on the case.

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Notley says she can't divulge details of talks with Kinder Morgan, but says they are focused on the financial viability of the $7.4-billion project and on getting construction restarted this summer.

"If British Columbia attains the right to throttle our resources, every other province will be given the same right", Notley said. "We don't believe the federally appointed NEB is the right place to review municipal processes".

Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project, as the federal government figures out a way to reassure the Texas-based company that the pipeline will be built despite opposition.

MLAs agreed to an amendment by Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson to put a two-year limit on those powers.

"We must deploy this tool with a cool hand, not an angry one", Notley said.