The Alberta government is now looking at rail to help transport a high amount of crude oil.
Premier Rachel Notley made the announcement on Wednesday in Ottawa noting they were looking to start up new rail cars by the end of 2019 and into 2020.
The province is expecting around 120,000 barrels per day to be transported through this new transportation method, reducing the projected 250,000 barrels added to storage each day.
“We will not stand by while we’re forced to give our resources away for pennies on the dollar,” said Notley, in a release.
“This oil price differential is about real people with real bills to pay and real concerns about the future. There’s no excuse for Ottawa to not be at the table with us, but we cannot allow delays to continue.
The GoA says this should shrink the oil price gap by up to $4 per barrel and generate more than $1 million per day in new federal revenues.
The first rail cars are expected to be operational by December of 2019 and should be at full production in August 2020.
“Alberta will buy rail cars ourselves in our fight to get top dollar for the resources that belong to every Albertan,” added Notley.