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Canada Alberta premier 'prepared to turn off the taps' now that legislation approved

05:07  17 may  2018
05:07  17 may  2018 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Gore's anti-pipeline tweet irks Alberta premier

  Gore's anti-pipeline tweet irks Alberta premier Gore's anti-pipeline tweet irks Alberta premierGore said on Twitter on Thursday that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would be a step backward in solving the climate crisis.

The Alberta government is poised to turn off the taps to British Columbia after approving landmark legislation that could throttle energy exports in defence of the Alberta Premier Rachel Notley spoke to the media at the Alberta legislature on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, about Bill 12, the Preserving

The B.C. government is preparing to take the Alberta government to court over Bill 12, a piece of legislation that would give Alberta the power to stop shipping oil and gas to British Columbia. B.C. Attorney General David Eby said legislation that allows Alberta to restrict the shipment of natural

The Alberta government is poised to turn off the taps to British Columbia after approving landmark legislation that could throttle energy exports in defence of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

“If the path forward for the pipeline through B.C. is not settled soon, I am ready and prepared to turn off the taps,” Premier Rachel Notley told a Wednesday news conference, stopping short of outlining how long that would take. “It could happen in 24 hours, it could happen over a much longer period of time.”

The NDP’s cornerstone bill grants the energy minister licensing authority over exporting crude oil, natural gas and refined fuels.

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the NDP government plans to pass Bill 12 by the end of the day Wednesday. WATCH ABOVE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her NDP government is prepared to turn off the taps over the Trans Mountain pipeline dispute.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley must have been saving up all week for her latest diatribe today, but at least she waited for Finance Minister Bill Morneau to When Notley was asked when she planned on turning the taps off , she declined to answer, and that was probably a very wise decision on her part.

Bill 12 was pushed through hours after federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau promised Ottawa would backstop the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project if Kinder Morgan Inc. walks away.

Last month, the company set a May 31 deadline to restore shareholder confidence and halted non-essential spending on the expansion.

The federal government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial project is able to proceed, Morneau told reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday.

“We are willing to indemnify the Trans Mountain expansion against unnecessary delays that are politically motivated,” he said.

Notley welcomed the move and called it an important step.

Former vice-president Al Gore’s anti-pipeline tweet irritates Alberta premier

  Former vice-president Al Gore’s anti-pipeline tweet irritates Alberta premier Premier Rachel Notley and Mayor Naheed Nenshi are shrugging off a tweet by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore that slams Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and calls the province’s oilsands dirty. Remarks like that are having an ever-shrinking impact, Notley said. “When those kinds of comments are made, and they clearly demonstrate a lack […]Premier Rachel Notley and Mayor Naheed Nenshi are shrugging off a tweet by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore that slams Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and calls the province’s oilsands dirty.

Alberta premier Rachel Notley criticized the proposal as being a stalling tactic on Trans Mountain expansion, explaining that "the B.C. government has every right to consult on whatever it pleases with its citizens. ^ " Alberta premier ' prepared to turn off the taps ' now that legislation approved ".

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the NDP government plans to pass Bill 12 Wednesday. Once passed, the government would be able to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when. “I’m ready and prepared to turn off the taps ,” Notley said.

“I am confident solutions will be found that allow for construction to resume on schedule this summer,” she said. “There are a number of different leverage points in what is a very complex negotiation.”

Both news conferences coincided with Kinder Morgan’s annual meeting in Calgary, which drew nearly 100 pro-pipeline supporters.

Chairman and CEO Steve Kean acknowledged Morneau’s comments Wednesday as he reiterated the company’s position.

“We remain steadfast in our previously stated principles: clarity on the path forward, particularly with respect to the ability to construct through British Columbia, and ensuring adequate protection of our KML shareholders,” Kean said.

“While discussions are ongoing, we are not yet in alignment and will not negotiate in public.”

B.C. Premier John Horgan has vowed his government would use every tool at its disposal to block the pipeline, citing environmental concerns.

Alberta passes bill 'to turn off the taps' to B.C. over pipeline delays

  Alberta passes bill 'to turn off the taps' to B.C. over pipeline delays Alberta has passed legislation giving the energy minister power to stop gasoline shipments to British Columbia if that province continues to throw up barriers to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, and Alberta's premier says she is ready to use it. Bill 12 passed late Wednesday afternoon in the Alberta Legislature. David Swann, the Liberal for Calgary-Mountain View, was the only member of the legislature to vote against it.

Alberta premier ready ' to turn off the taps ' if pipeline issue not settled soon. Alberta has passed legislation giving the province's energy minister the power to choke off gasoline shipments to British Columbia if that province Bill 12 passed late Wednesday afternoon in the Alberta Legislature .

Alberta Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd and Premier Rachel Notley announce legislation Monday giving the government the power to cut oil and gas "If there's anything in this legislation that even suggests a possibility of discrimination against British Columbians, we will take every step

“The federal finance minister is trying to use our government as an excuse, as the federal government puts taxpayer money on the line to backstop risks to private investors, while completely ignoring the risks to B.C.,” he said in a statement Wednesday.

“We are acting well within B.C.’s rights to defend our environment, and the tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity that depend on it.”

Notley has repeatedly said she would do whatever it takes to get the pipeline to tidewater built, including buying the project outright.

Ottawa has also committed to the project, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructing Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan and come up with financial solutions.

Notley lauded Bill 12 — the Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act — as a way to strategically deploy Alberta resources. It includes a sunset clause to restrict the energy minister’s powers to two years.

“Alberta will be equipped with new tools to assert our rights to control the flow of our resources to British Columbia,” she said.

She first warned of the bill to choke off oil exports in March, hearkening back to a move by former premier Peter Lougheed.

In 1980, the Lougheed government enacted legislation to restrict Alberta’s oil exports to Ontario by 15 per cent in a retaliatory move against the National Energy Program. It resulted in the federal government’s renegotiation of the program.

With files from The Canadian Press

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Notley slams Horgan before Yellowknife meeting .
EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley won't be at today's meeting of the western premiers in Yellowknife, but she made some choice remarks about one of the leaders who will be there. Notley told reporters yesterday that B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the Trans Mountain pipeline and take $15 billion out of the Canadian economy. Notley says she is not attending the conference because her time is better spent making sure the pipeline project goes ahead, and that the government is close to some important decisions before a May 31 deadline set by pipeline owner Kinder Morgan.

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