Government to file reference case: Can BC control pipeline flow?

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The federal government is talking about new legislation and committing taxpayer dollars to force the completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project.

"That might be the point at which we're going to have to be a lot more strategic around what products get shipped to what markets by what means", she said.

The refinery accounts for more than a quarter of B.C. transportation fuel.

The pipeline is branded "Crudeau Oil"., a play on the words "crude oil" and Prime Minister Trudeau's namel The blockade is a protest against the Trudeau government's plans to build a huge oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands across indigenous lands to ports in British Columbia.

"If there is anything in this legislation that even suggests the possibility of discrimination against British Columbians, we will take every step necessary to protect British Columbians because it would be completely illegal", Eby said.

Imperial Oil Ltd. spokesman Jon Harding said Tuesday the Calgary-based company, which ships refined products on Trans Mountain, "understands the rationale" for Bill 12 and will comply if it's passed, but hopes a solution can be found that negates the need for its use.

"That's something that we would look at very closely, and if not mirroring (Alberta's bill) being something similar".

Alberta says the expansion is critical to reduce bottlenecks that cost Canada $40 million a day in lost revenue, but B.C. says it remains concerned about potential oil spills on its waterways and coastline.

In Edmonton on Tuesday, Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd welcomed Saskatchewan's actions.

Alberta and B.C. have been at odds over the Trans Mountain project, which was approved in 2016 but has been hamstrung by court challenges and permit delays in B.C.

Earlier this month, Kinder Morgan - the USA -based pipeline builder - announced it was stopping any non-essential spending for the project.

This poll comes on the heels of a series of serious developments in the pipeline debate, which has been escalating since Kinder Morgan's April 8 announcement that it would suspend non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The company gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government until May 31 to give a clear signal the project will proceed.

The federal and Alberta governments support the project, while B.C. says it's defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic oil products spill.

"We don't want to be on an economic war footing forever in the future", Kenney said.

Alberta's oil sells at a discount on North American markets due to lack of market access outside the United States.

Existing pipelines are near capacity and the bill aims to give Alberta the power to adjust what is shipped and where it goes to ensure maximum profitability, she said.

Ervin said cutting off light oil supplies through Trans Mountain would hurt Alberta-based Parkland Fuels Corp., which bought the 55,000-barrel-per-day Burnaby refinery previous year and has enjoyed good margins thanks to its access to low-priced Alberta feedstock.

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