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Alberta Premier stresses benefits of Trans Mountain pipe extension

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World Pipelines,

Premier Rachel Notley spoke yesterday in defence of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Notley’s six page submission to the NEB says the economic need and benefits of the project are “clear, substantial and undeniable.”

She said: “I am going to keep talking until the door is closed.”

Notley noted a lack of pipelines to provide access to international markets results in a “significant discount” in the value of Alberta’s energy products.

BC formally registered its opposition to the CAN$6.8 billion project on Monday.

Notley stated: “We will get pipelines built by demonstrating clearly and calmly why pipelines help every economy in this country. And we will get pipelines built by taking real action on climate change.”

She said pipeline opponents must realise Canada has a significant economic resource in Alberta.

“You can’t just turn off the tap and walk away from it.”

Premier Notley said in her letter the board should accommodate concerns, but should “recommend approval of the project on the current timelines in order to ensure a timely final approval.

“This will allow the proponents to address those concerns and to commence building this important energy infrastructure.”

Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner

Sources: Calgary HeraldThe Globe and Mail

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