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CanadaJohn Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney's comments as B.C. signals intent to fight 'turn-off-the-taps' law

22:35  01 may  2019
22:35  01 may  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

‘Stay tuned’: Jason Kenney to proclaim ‘turn off the taps’ bill, won’t use it yet

‘Stay tuned’: Jason Kenney to proclaim ‘turn off the taps’ bill, won’t use it yet "I've been clear it is not our intention to reduce shipments or turn off the tap at this time," said the Alberta premier.

John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney ' s comments as B . C . signals intent to fight ' turn - off - the - taps ' law . Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney is blaming B . C 's obstruction of his province's oil and gas industry — specifically to the Trans Mountain expansion — for

The law at the centre of the fight gives Alberta a say in how much gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other oil products exporters can ship out of the province. © CBC/Reuters Alberta Premier Jason Kenney , right, has said he doesn't intend to use Bill 12 against B . C . and Premier John Horgan , left, yet.

John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney's comments as B.C. signals intent to fight 'turn-off-the-taps' law© CBC, Reuters CBC, Reuters B.C.'s premier is set to react to strong words form his Alberta counterpart after Jason Kenney blamed him for driving up the price of gas and obstructing the progress of oil pipelines.

Kenney said B.C.'s obstruction of his province's oil and gas industry — specifically the blocking of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — was the reason for gas prices topping $1.70 per litre in Metro Vancouver.

He then threatened to use the newly proclaimed legal tool to prod B.C. into approving the Trans Mountain project.

Shortly after Kenney's comments, provincial officials filed the legal paperwork signalling plans to fight Alberta's Bill 12 on the grounds that it's unconstitutional.

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John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney ' s comments as B . C . signals intent to fight ' turn - off - the - taps ' law . Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney is blaming B . C 's obstruction of his province's oil and gas industry — specifically to the Trans Mountain expansion — for

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Industry analysts and legal experts say Kenney's legal tool is a bluff and more pipelines are not guaranteed to cool the punishing prices at the pump.

They say soaring gas prices are caused by a combination of factors, from the 32 cents-a-litre tacked onto Metro Vancouver gasoline to a lack of supply — and of course, profits.

But Kenney says the high prices are Horgan's fault.

He stood beside his new energy minister Wednesday, warning that he's ready to use newly enacted "turn off the taps" legislation at any moment.

"We are serious about it. This is not some bluff. We will protect the value of Alberta's resources," Kenney said during a news conference Wednesday. When asked why he hasn't begun screwing shut those taps, he explained that he's agreed to talk further with Horgan.

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WATCH: Kenney would use turn - off - the - taps legislation against B . C . “Unless John Horgan ends his unconstitutional fight against Alberta energy exports, the people of B . C . will need to get used to paying well over .70/L for gas as the result of NDP anti-pipeline obstructionism.”

But he said the fix is simple: green-light Trans Mountain.

"We don't have enough pipeline capacity to ship both refined gas and unrefined bitumen to the Lower Mainland," Kenney said.

Supply crunch

Gas industry analysts are not so sure. They say B.C.'s high gas prices are driven by a combination of taxes and a lack of refinery capacity, which, it has been argued by B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, might actually get worse if the Trans Mountain pipeline were twinned.

It's important to remember that Trans Mountain only carries a limited amount of gasoline alongside crude oil that must be refined, analysts say.

"Pipeline or no pipeline, it doesn't change the supply or availability of gasoline without a change in refining capacity," said Mason Hamilton, a petroleum markets analyst with the US Energy Information Administration.

As for Kenney's promise to cut off the supply altogether, legal and political experts question whether that will happen.

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Jason Kenney says he’d prefer BC’s co-operation, but will ‘turn off the taps’ if necessary After proclaiming Bill 12, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he would prefer to work with B.C. to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded, but he will block energy exports if necessary.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney shake hands as Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister looks on during the Western Premiers' He has said he doesn’t intend to use the turn - off - the - taps law right now, but he will if B . C . throws up roadblocks to the pipeline.

Kenney says he will turn off the oil taps to B . C . if the province keeps obstructing Alberta's energy Shortly after Kenney ' s comments , lawyers for B . C . filed legal paperwork signaling plans to fight But Kenney says the high prices are Horgan 's fault. He stood beside his new energy minister

Bill 12 would face a challenge from this province and fail, said Joen Bakan, a constitutional expert with the University of B.C.

Bakan said that there are provisions in the law to prevent provinces from cutting off critical resources to each other — especially as political leverage.

John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney's comments as B.C. signals intent to fight 'turn-off-the-taps' law© Alex Panetta/The Canadian Press Alex Panetta/The Canadian Press

Others describe the legal showdown as a sideshow.

University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley said Bill 12 is more of a political tool.

"They are picking a fight and they look good whether the courts hold it up or not. They look like they are standing up for Alberta's interest ... a lot of this is posturing," he said.

"An action taken by an energy minister to actually stop shipment to B.C. would be the constitutional and intergovernmental equivalent of a nuclear weapon and I don't think the Kenney government is in the mood to go that far."

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B.C.'s request for injunction against Alberta turn-off-the-taps law delayed 1 month.
B.C.'s request for an injunction against Alberta's Bill 12, which would allow the province to restrict shipments of oil and gas to B.C., has been delayed one month. B.C. Attorney General David Eby's office confirmed the hearing has been tentatively rescheduled for June 6. The hearing was originally scheduled to be held at the Calgary Courts Centre Tuesday morning. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney enacted the bill into law on April 30, shortly after he and his new cabinet were sworn in. In response, B.C. filed legal paperwork at Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench for an injunction and constitutional challenge on May 1.

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