The Trans Mountain Pipeline saga continues as British Columbia is leading the dispute towards the courts.
On Thursday, their government announced they would be asking the B.C. Court of Appeal whether they have the right to restrict heavy oils, like bitumen, from being transported into their province.
“We have asked the courts to confirm B.C.’s powers within our jurisdiction to defend B.C.’s interest so that there is clarity for today and for the generations to come,” said B.C. Premier John Horgan, in a release.
B.C’s highest court will be reviewing proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act – which would give the province the authority to regulate heavy oils.
“We have been clear from the outset that the appropriate way to resolve disagreements over jurisdiction is through the courts, not through threats or unlawful measures to target citizens of another province,” said David Eby, B.C. Attorney General.
The Alberta government isn’t falling for this latest move.
Premier Rachel Notley says she’s ‘confident’ the appeal will be dismissed.
“This isn’t about the environment – this is about the pipeline.”
She adds the legislation B.C. is looking for isn’t feasible.
“For example, Alberta would have the power to regulate and restrict B.C. exports such as natural gas, coal, chemicals, many of those products transported through B.C. ports to the rest of Canada across the Alberta border.”
Notley says they will throw everything they can at B.C. if a decision isn’t made before Kinder Morgan’s deadline of May 31.
“The wine ban being one but also moving forward on the authorities we’ve given ourselves through [Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act] which is in the process of making its way through our legislature.”
The government is also applying to be an official party on the case.