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Alberta Passes Bill Giving Them More Power Over Oil And Gas Exports

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Alberta Passes Bill Giving Them More Power Over Oil And Gas Exports

Premier Notley in Fort McMurray speaking about Trans Mountain Pipeline // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

The provincial government has passed a bill which will give them the power it needs to restrict oil and gas exports to British Columbia as the Trans Mountain pipeline dispute continues.

Bill 12,  ‘Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act’, will give Alberta the authority to force any company exporting energy products to require a license.

The Bill was first introduced last month as another form of retaliation against B.C.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Notley says this will show B.C. what it’s like to be on the other side of the argument

“With B.C. seeking to limit what energy products can flow across provincial borders, Alberta has the right to make that decision for ourselves. Bill 12 gives us that power.”

The bill allows the province the authority to force any company exporting energy products to require a license.

Companies who don’t comply may face fines up to $10 million per day.

Meanwhile, Notley says the Federal government has also shown their commitment to ensuring the expansion project gets built.

“The Federal government took an important step on that matter. In announcing that Ottawa will fully backstop the project, the Federal government has worked with Alberta to eliminate the financial risk to the project brought by the actions of the B.C. government.”

This also comes on the heels of the federal government stating they are willing to compensate Kinder Morgan for any financial burden they’re facing due to the delay in the project.

–with files from Jaryn Vecchio

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