A new poll shows that Canadian support for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is growing, but British Columbians are deeply divided over the project’s benefits and risks.
Rachel Notley, the premier of Alberta, home to Canada’s sizeable tar sands oil reserves, is unsurprisingly strongly in favour of the project.
Notwithstanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to double down on the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the plan faces the same hurdles today as it did before he hauled the feuding premiers of Alberta and British Columbia to Parliament Hill for a Sunday meeting.
The bill, introduced late Monday, followed an announcement last week that Kinder Morgan was stopping non-essential spending on its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion until it has regulatory certainty. “It will be built”.
Arvay is otherwise occupied these days, writing up the reference question for the B.C. government about whether it has jurisdiction over what goes through Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and what environmental controls it can place on the project. Horgan, however, betrayed no evidence that their confidence had anything to do with him. But the meeting had no effect on either side’s position.
The CAODC noted he Act gives Alberta’s Minister of Energy the authority to, if necessary, require any company exporting energy products such as gasoline, jet fuel, crude oil and natural gas from Alberta to require a license.
It’s entirely up to the court to set a date for the hearing, so Eby couldn’t say whether B.C. will have its day in court before Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline.
“I think if people totally lose faith in our democratic system, if they believe that the federal government has been able to impose its will, that they’ve ignored the court proceedings, then I think we’re looking for chaos”, said Corrigan.
There is also a question of keeping profit in Canada, for Canadians.
Kinder Morgan Canada (TSE:KML)’s stock had its “outperform” rating restated by equities research analysts at Scotiabank in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday.
And the government of Alberta’s threats to cut back on oil and gas shipments to B.C., which would likely lead to significant increases in local fuel prices, appear to have made little impact, as 47 per cent – similar to the number who say they’re opposed to the pipeline to begin with – say they would still “stand firm in trying to block the pipeline”.
The move comes despite protests and efforts by a provincial government to halt the project on environmental grounds.
Horgan’s election previous year changed that.
Chief Bob Chamberlin, vice president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, said the Canadian government’s support for Trans Mountain also goes against its commitment to respect the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
“I don’t think we would be in this situation if the British Columbia government hadn’t continued to emphasize its opposition to the project”, Trudeau said.
She said the industry group has a keen interest in seeing what concrete actions the federal government will take to resolve the issue.
“This tool would be enacting a measure that is similar to the types of things that we would say here in Alberta that B.C. can not do”, said Tombe. Trudeau said the negotiations with Kinder Morgan wouldn’t play out in public, and he would not elaborate on exactly what the legislation will say.
Horgan blamed the lack of specifics on the dispute itself.
“I would be very surprised if the Supreme Court of Canada, assuming it gets there, found that any provincial laws or regulations such as are contemplated by the B.C. government, are found to be applicable”, she said. Dilbit spilled into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River from an Enbridge pipeline in 2010 cost billions to clean up, with parts of the river closed for years afterwards. Kinder Morgan agreed to use Canadian steel for the pipeline, with much of the work being done at steel mills in the Evraz mill in Regina.
“It means good jobs in BC, thousands of them as the pipeline is built”.
Trudeau’s Liberals won some of those ridings by fairly impressive margins, in some cases by more than 30 or 40 percentage points over their nearest rival candidate.
Horgan said his government has been working on the file since it was sworn in nine months ago.