Alberta’s government is currently seeking intervenor status on any legalities over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
During the court meeting’s ‘Throne Speech’, Lois Mitchell – Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – noted: "Your government will defend our province and its key industry in court, seeking intervener status on legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline.”
Alberta’s government believe the pipeline is key to the regional economy, as the CAN$6.8 billion pipeline project will transport crude oil from Edmonton (Alberta) to the US Gulf Coast. The project will also reduce Canada’s dependence on America being the country’s primary energy customer.
While the project received approval from the federal cabinet in November 2016, the pipeline is currently facing protests and legal challenges from environmental groups and First Nations, as well as the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby.
Premier Rachel Notley highlighted that Alberta will intervene in the legal challenges, stating: "We are comfortable with the process that has occurred up to this point and we want to make sure that new processes or new priorities don't suddenly get injected as a result of judicial intervention.”
Energy Minister, Marg McCuaig-Boyd, explained: “It's important that we get these pipelines built, that we get shovels in the ground. We're standing up for our industry."
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