B.C. grasping at straws over Kinder Morgan: Alberta Premier

By The Canadian Press
January 31, 2018 - 7:18am

EDMONTON —  Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is accusing the B-C government of ``grasping at straws'' after John Horgan's administration announced the province will ban the increase of oil exports until it can determine shippers are prepared -- and able -- to properly clean up a spill.

    B-C's latest environmental initiative does not halt current exports of oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline terminus in Burnaby, but if the proposal is adopted, it would prevent additional exports -- making an end-run around Kinder Morgan's plans to triple the pipeline capacity.

    Notley says the proposal is rash, illegal and unconstitutional, while Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the Liberal government stands by the decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

    But West Coast Environmental Law executive director Jessica Clogg calls the B-C plan a clear signal that if science can't show that a spill can be cleaned up safely and effectively, Kinder Morgan may not be permitted to use its expanded pipeline, even if it's built.

(The Canadian Press)

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