Alberta Suspends Electricity Purchase Contract with BC Amidst Pipeline Dispute

The BC NDP wants to restrict increased shipments of diluted bitumen while it conducts more spill response studies, something Notley says is unconstitutional.

Premier Rachel Notley providing an update Thursday on the Alberta government's dispute with British Columbia. The BC NDP wants to restrict increased shipments of diluted bitumen while it conducts more spill response studies, something Notley says is unconstitutional and creates more uncertainty around the federally approved Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project. Notley says she's spoken with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and he assures her the pipeline will be built. But, she says he needs to do more, adding the full weight of the federal government must be behind all Canadians. Notley says this is not a dispute between BC and Alberta but between BC and Canada. In the meantime, Notley says Alberta has suspended its electricity purchase contract with BC, a move she says will cost the province's western neighbour up to $500 million per year. -Tina Giesbrecht
 
Premier Rachel Notley
 

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