Premier Notley stands up for Alberta and Kinder Morgan
The Alberta government has filed a notice to the National Energy Board (NEB) in support of Kinder Morgan over its dispute with the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, BC.
Last week, Kinder Morgan took their grievances to the NEB, accusing the city of Burnaby of deliberately stalling on the issuance of permits required to complete the twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMEP).
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says "one jurisdiction does not have the right to obstruct a project of national importance ... we will never back down fighting for Alberta jobs and Alberta's energy sector, and we will fight for this project until shovels are in the ground."
In response to the dispute, the BC government announced plans to intervene on behalf of Burnaby on constitutional grounds.
The municipalities of Burnaby, Vancouver, several First Nations communities and various other special interest groups are still embroiled in a legal battle to have TMEP's approval overturned. Although the judicial hearings ended in mid-October, the courts have yet to set a date for when a decision will be rendered.
TMEP presently has an expected in-service data of December 31, 2019. However, Kinder Morgan has already warned that date will likely slip about 9 months into the fourth quarter of 2020.