B.C. files constitutional challenge of Alberta’s fuel restriction law

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

"The Trans Mountain issue clearly has the magnifying glass over it, but we also have other issues that affect our Canadian economic future", Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said.

With that deadline looming, B.C. business leaders flew to Edmonton last Thursday to show their backing for the project, which would almost triple the flow of diluted bitumen from the Alberta oilsands and increase tanker traffic sevenfold.

With those approvals in hand, the company believed there was no reason they could not build the project.

Tensions between B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley threatened to derail the annual meeting.

Only a week before the May 31st deadline set by Kinder Morgan to possibly pull the plug expansion, Horgan is not saying what BC will do if his government loses a legal battle over jurisdiction.

She is calling on the federal Liberal government to get the project to move forward.

"A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel, and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia irreparable harm", the document asserts.

But he later told reporters that Alberta's demand for a pipeline pact failed.

Trudeau could have prevented much of this affair by taking a far more aggressive stance against the Horgan government from the outset.

"They must think everybody was born yesterday", Notley said.

That case is just one of several legal challenges that hang over the project.

Alberta has passed legislation allowing it to limit fuel exports to B.C., but British Columbia countered by announcing plans for a lawsuit that would declare Alberta's legislation unconstitutional. It was filed today in the B.C. Court of Appeal.

The current state of the TransMountain pipeline battle between B.C., Alberta and the federal government is a slapstick comedy. unless your livelihood is directly or indirectly dependent upon the oil sector and the movement of oil through pipelines to refineries and/or shipping ports. His government maintains that increased pipeline capacity and tanker traffic moving diluted bitumen pose a risk to the coast. One is diluted bitumen. But the federal government is increasingly convinced that any assurances Ottawa gives Kinder Morgan will be rejected, said two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The company suspended all non-essential construction on the project in April, citing opposition from the B.C. government that put the viability of the pipeline in question.