Alberta’s government won’t “pick fights” with other jurisdictions over oil pipelines like Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain line, and instead plans to work cooperatively to get projects built, Premier Rachel Notley said.
“We won’t get pipelines built by picking fights,” Notley said Tuesday during a briefing in Edmonton. The premier added she wants a “drama-free” discussion with other leaders such as British Columbia Premier Christy Clark that will highlight the economic benefits of pipelines for Canada.
Kinder Morgan is working to win approval from the National Energy Board for an expansion of Trans Mountain to almost 900,000 barrels per day, about triple the current volume. British Columbia yesterday in a submission said the company still has work to do on land and marine-based oil spills before it meets the westernmost province’s five conditions for oil pipeline approval, Environment Minister Mary Polak said Monday.
British Columbia in 2012 set out the conditions, including sharing of benefits and environmental protection, for companies proposing oil pipelines across the province. Alberta on Tuesday offered its support for Trans Mountain in its submission to the federal agency.