BC willing to trade oil export pipelines for sale of hydroelectric power
BC has graciously offered to help Alberta wean off coal by selling its excess hydroelectric power. The province is currently building the $8.8 billion Site C power project in the Peace River Valley, near the Alberta/BC border. Although the facility was originally intended to power BC's ambitious LNG projects, it leaves BC will a huge power surplus in the short term.
Alberta's environment minister welcomed the news but noted there would be no deal unless BC agrees to get Alberta's oil to the Pacific Coast. BC currently sells most of its excess electricity to the US. Ironically, the "carbon-neutral" Site C project has also come under fire from aboriginal groups, David Suzuki, land owners and the BC NDP for its sterilization of farming/fishing areas and high price tag. The BC supreme court recently gave BC Hydro permission to forcibly remove protestors so it can continue construction on the project.