Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Alberta government displaying billboards across BC supporting Trans Mountain Pipeline

Alberta government displaying billboards across BC supporting Trans Mountain Pipeline

Advertisements feature messages like "Trans Mountain Pipeline means more money for roads, schools and hospitals" and "Trans Mountain Pipeline puts Canada first, making us less reliant on American markets".

"We will not stand on the sidelines in the battle for hearts and minds of Canadians", Notley said.

Notley wouldn't go into detail, but did say she's confident that construction on the pipeline planned for later this year will happen on schedule, as daily talks between Alberta, Kinder Morgan and the federal government continue.

The project has faced court challenges and permit delays in B.C. Premier John Horgan's government says it is concerned about the potential for oil spills on its waterways and coastline. Alberta's Premier also pointed out that the province's bill allowing the restriction of crude shipments to select provinces, like B.C., is expected to pass. Notley has already notified the B.C. government that any delaying tactics could bring serious consequences.


While Mr. Notley views the expansion project as a litmus test on the ability of the country to build any multibillion energy project, other political leaders view it as a touchstone on the state of Canadian environmental stewardship.

Over the last week billboards started going up in B.C.in cities like Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Kamloops.

"It also demonstrates a tremendous level of inward-attention", Ms. Notley added. Notley says she plans on submitting an opinion piece to B.C. media to counter Robertson's remarks.

Other developments, however, also raise questions about the viability of the Trans Mountain project. Trans Mountain argued that the bylaws were unconstitutional because they conflicted with the federal approval and the NEB Act. The Federal Court of Appeal previously rejected appeals from the city and from the provincial government in March. Basically, Bill 12, as the legislation is called, would give Alberta the power to restrict and redirect flows of oil, gasoline and natural gas to maximize profits.

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