BC to file reference case in fight against Trans Mountain pipeline project

B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The survey, released Wednesday by the Angus Reid Institute, says this is the first time that most B.C. residents have been in favour of the Kinder Morgan expansion, with 54 per cent of respondents supporting the pipeline compared to 38 per cent against.

Rappellers also scaled two of the diplomatic mission's Greek-style pillars and unfurled large banners with the same words as British police and high commission staff stood passively on the sidewalk below and watched. "We will use every tool at our disposal to defend Albertans".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with B.C. Premier John Horgan, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley before a meeting Sunday in Ottawa on the deadlock over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

On Monday, Alberta introduced legislation that would allow the energy minister to use export permits to control how much and what products truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators can ship.

Violaters would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for a corporation.

The project would twin an existing pipeline that transports oilsands crude from central Alberta to terminals in Burnaby.

Indigenous leaders and local Vancouver-area politicians have also warned of increasing civil unrest as people from across Canada mount anti-pipeline protests.

When asked about weighing environmental risks against economic benefits, respondents in B.C. split roughly three ways: 35 per cent said the benefits outweighed the risks, 30 per cent said they were about equal and 34 per cent said the risk was higher than the benefits.

"We know, as I'm sure they know, that the constitution forbids discrimination around energy between provinces", Eby said.

"We want to step back as an industry from there and just look at how do we move this project forward", he said.

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About 80,000 barrels a day of refined fuels go to British Columbia.

West Coast residents remain concerned, however, about the possibility of an oil tanker spill or accident.

Refiners would be forced to find alternative markets, accept lower prices, or run operations at less than optimum capacity to restrict output, he said.

The impending court challenge appears to have made Kinder Morgan, a Texas-based energy infrastructure company, anxious about the future of its pipeline expansion.

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.

Notley suggested May 31 will be key if the viability of the pipeline project is still in question.

"We do ship some energy products to British Columbia but not a huge amount".

She said her government has already spoken with the sector and "there will be no surprises" for companies applying for a licence.

"There will be no surprises". However, he gave no indication the federal government would intervene to stop them from carrying out their plans.

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