BC court case seeks new provincial powers over Trans Mountain

BC court case seeks new provincial powers over Trans Mountain

BC court case seeks new provincial powers over Trans Mountain

Kinder Morgan has threatened to abandon the pipeline project by May 31 if stakeholders can not resolve the concerns in B.C. Alberta and the federal government have said they may invest in or financially back the pipeline. "The powers that they are seeking through this court reference are a recipe for economic gridlock".

The case would clarify whether the province has authority to prevent and manage releases into the environment of substances like diluted bitumen that could endanger human health, the environment or communities, even on federally regulated infrastructure like inter-provincial pipelines or railways.

Notley noted B.C.is now conceding it has no power to regulate tanker traffic off its coast.

"B.C. wants the power to unilaterally throttle our resources and hurt the Canadian economy. If Canada goes down that route it's a very disturbing route for it to go down as a country", Peabody said on the sidelines of his company's annual meeting in Calgary.

"Under the previous government, the approach of not understanding how important it is to properly consult and engage in acquiring social licence needed to be fixed", he said.

Kinder Morgan halted work on the expansion earlier this month, citing resistance from the Pacific Coast province, and said it would the scrap the project if it does not receive the certainty it needed by its deadline. Notley said Thursday that work with the feds and Kinder Morgan is going well. First, the court must give notice to the federal government and other interested parties of the case.

"I don't work for Kinder Morgan".

The B.C. group, Dogwood, however, has been receiving federal money for years - including from the previous Conservative government, Trudeau retorted.

People responsible for oil spills need to be held accountable, said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

"We have asked the courts to confirm B.C.'s powers within our jurisdiction to defend B.C.'s interests, so that there is clarity for today and for the generations to come", said Premier John Horgan in a statement.

Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, said he was pleased to see the government standing up for British Columbia, adding that the approval process for the pipeline project was deeply flawed.

The letter cites recent media reports suggesting the government's decision to proceed was a purely political calculation, rather than a decision based on whether or not the project would indeed be in the national interest.

"The way B.C.is framing this would effectively drive a truck - but not a train or a pipeline, apparently - through that loophole", she said.

Almost 200 people have begun appearing in court for defying a court injunction preventing opponents from disrupting construction on Burnaby Mountain.

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