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Province of B.C. files another lawsuit against Alberta turn-off-the-taps law

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The British Columbia government has filed a second lawsuit against Alberta over its turn-off-the-taps legislation. A statement of claim filed in Federal Court on June 14 is similar to a document filed last month in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench that alleges Alberta introduced the bill to inflict economic pain on B.C. by limiting the supply of...

Trans Mountain CEO says shovels could be in ground on pipeline by September

CALGARY, A.B. - The CEO of the Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says shovels could be in the ground by September following cabinet approval Tuesday of the long-delayed project. Oil could be flowing in new segments of the pipeline between Edmonton and the West Coast by mid-2022, Ian Anderson said, about one year later than the timeline...

Finance minister acknowledges skepticism, vows to build Trans Mountain expansion

CALGARY, A.B. - Canada's finance minister says the best way to convince a skeptical oilpatch that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Ottawa approved Tuesday will actually be built is to go ahead and build it. Bill Morneau told reporters after giving a speech in downtown Calgary that the $7.4-billion project to triple capacity on the line from Edmonton to the...

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

EDMONTON _ Two federal cabinet ministers are making appearances in Alberta today following the Trudeau government's controversial second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.'s terminal in Edmonton, while Finance Minister Bill Morneau will address an Economic Club of Canada breakfast in Calgary. The appearances in oil-rich Alberta come...

B.C. First Nation plans legal challenge over Trans Mountain decision

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A British Columbia First Nation is promising a legal challenge of the federal government's decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion while the premier says his government will continue to defend the province's lands and waters. Environment Minister George Heyman told a news conference Tuesday that tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in...

Business leaders welcome pipeline approval but fear it may not be completed

CALGARY, A.B. - Business leaders say they are pleased with news that Ottawa has re-approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion but will hold off on popping champagne corks until construction begins on new pipe from Edmonton to the West Coast. Jack Mintz, tax policy and economics expert at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, says the approval of...

Protesters on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash at Vancouver rally

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Protesters on either side of the debate over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion clashed at a rally organized by the project's supporters in Vancouver today. Lynn Nellis of the Canada Action Coalition was speaking to the crowd of a few dozen people when anti-pipeline protester Kwiis Hamilton began playing rock music. Rally attendees asked him to stop but...

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets second green light from Ottawa

OTTAWA, O.N. - The federal Liberal government is giving the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion a second lease on life. ``Today I'm announcing that our government has approved the Trans Mountain expansion project going forward,'' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa after markets closed Tuesday. ``This is a new decision. The company plans to have shovels in the...

Deadline for cabinet to decide future of Trans Mountain expansion is today

OTTAWA, O.N. - The federal government is widely expected to green light the Trans Mountain expansion project a second time today but, even with a Yes vote, construction is likely weeks, if not months away. The federal cabinet will be reconsidering the project at its weekly meeting this morning, nine months after the Federal Court of Appeal shelved the original...

Liberals’ balancing act between energy and the environment climaxes this week

OTTAWA, O.N. - The federal Liberal government is teetering on a tightrope this week as it attempts to prove it can balance economic development with environmental protection during the final sitting of Parliament before the fall election. Bill C-69, legislation overhauling national assessments for major resource and transportation projects, began its final ride Monday in the Senate. The upper chamber...

Oil and gas sector cautious as clock ticks down to Trans Mountain decision

CALGARY, A.B. - Observers on the front lines of Western Canada's oil and gas sector are looking forward to what's widely expected to be approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Tuesday while acknowledging the decision by Ottawa won't solve all problems. CEO Clayton Byrt of Pimee Well Servicing LP, a service rig company owned by six northern Alberta...

Oil, manufacturers lobby urges Senate to kill off environmental assessment bill

OTTAWA, O.N. - A coalition of oil and gas industry groups, chambers of commerce and manufacturers associations say there is no room to fix the government's environmental assessment legislation. The Save Canadian Jobs coalition is changing their slogan from ``Fix Bill C-69'' to ``Stop Bill C-69'' after the government rejected most of the changes proposed last week by the Senate. Environment...

Alberta energy war room must avoid online morass, preaching to choir: experts

CALGARY, A.B. - Tzeporah Berman only learned of her cameo appearance at an Alberta government news conference about its so-called energy war room after a flood of nasty messages. Industry advocate Robbie Picard held a poster calling the prominent environmentalist an ``enemy of the oilsands'' as he introduced Premier Jason Kenney at the Calgary event. Berman says dozens of violent, sexist...

Federal cabinet decision on fate of Trans Mountain pipeline due Tuesday

OTTAWA, O.N. - The Liberal government's $4.5 billion gamble to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline in a bid to get it expanded will come to a head on Tuesday when the federal cabinet decides whether to sign off on the project for a second time. It has been more than 290 days since the Federal Court of Appeal ripped up the...

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A former Liberal environment minister is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet to reject the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, arguing there is no economic basis for the project. David Anderson, who served 10 years in the cabinets of prime ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, sent letters to six members of Trudeau's cabinet this week asking them...

Election a chance to toughen climate change targets: McKenna

OTTAWA, O.N. - Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is hinting that the upcoming Liberal election platform will promise deeper cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions, including the possibility of legislating targets. McKenna says her focus for now remains on Canada's current targets _ to cut emissions so they are no more than 70 percent what they were in 2005 by 2030 _ and...

UN says Canada’s plan to rescue Wood Buffalo National Park not enough

OTTAWA, O.N. - The status of Canada's largest park as a World Heritage Site remains wobbly after a United Nations body expressed grave doubts about a federal plan to rescue it. ``Considerably more effort will be needed to reverse the negative trends at a time when climate change combined with upstream industrial developments and resource extraction are intensifying,'' says a...

Federal carbon tax coming to Alberta in January: environment minister

OTTAWA, O.N. - Ottawa says a federal carbon tax will be imposed on Alberta starting Jan. 1. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she has written the province to inform it of the decision. She says 90 per cent of the money collected will go back to Alberta taxpayers in rebates, meaning an average family of four will get $888 returned...
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