Alberta says BC will lose court challenges to oil control legislation

Pipeline stalemate draws opposition, support after leaders meet

"It was a useful meeting for all three of us, candid discussions but also a genuine sense of optimism and confidence in Canada", Horgan says, maintaining his objections to the major pipeline project.

The B.C. government announced Wednesday it will file a reference case it has been preparing regarding the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

On Wednesday, Greenpeace activists unveiled anti-oil banners with the words "Crudeau oil" at the entrance to the Canadian High Commission in Trafalgar Square in London, and built a mock pipeline.

But that pledge was immediately shot down by indigenous leaders who have emerged at the forefront of a grassroots campaign against the Trans Mountain project.

The company said that to proceed, it must reach agreement by May 31 with the various stakeholders: the British Columbia government, First Nations, municipalities, etc.

Kurl suggests that is the major sticking point for British Columbians "in getting to yes" on the Trans Mountain project.

Alberta's oil and gas producers are calling Bill 12 a regrettable but necessary step in the battle over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

What investor, looking at the train-wreck failure of recent pipeline regulatory processes in Canada, would put their dollars down on Canada when only a few hundred kilometres to the south there are vastly more profitable (and vastly more predictable) investment opportunities.

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

Alberta, of course, has no business forcing anything on B.C., though they, of course, stand to profit mightily from the pipeline. It's a distraction because ... the legal bar has been raised to consent.

"The Trans Mountain expansion is a vital strategic interest to Canada - it will be built", Trudeau assured after the meeting.

Kinder Morgan chief executive officer Steven Kean said that "a company cannot litigate its way to an in-service pipeline amidst jurisdictional differences between governments" and that Kinder Morgan can't expose shareholders to "extraordinary political risks that are completely outside of our control and that could prevent completion of the project".

Kinder Morgan's stock value plummeted in 2015 and has remained low ever since.

The prime minister said the project - which would almost triple the flow of Alberta's bitumen to the west coast - is in the national interest.

"This crucial resource project will expand export markets for Canadian resources and create thousands of good, middle-class jobs and no one should be standing in the way of those jobs and the families that stand to benefit", Carr said in a statement. Negotiations are underway on an array of undisclosed options, including Alberta and federal offers of financial "de-risking" assurances including potential government ownership interests.

"We are determined to find a solution".

Pat Venditti, head of Greenpeace UK said it was, "very hypocritical of the prime minister to be here in London talking about climate change while building a climate-wrecking pipeline that can only lead to more fossil fuels being burned".

Ottawa has also painted the problem as a struggle between federal and provincial jurisdiction. "If the court were to rule that the intention and objective of the regulation is actually just to impair the project, that would be seen as (an) attempt to usurp the federal government's authority". The Alberta and federal governments dispute the BC claim.

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