Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province will buy the Trans Mountain oil pipeline project if that’s what it takes to get it built.
“We are considering a number of financial options to ensure that the Trans Mountain expansion is built, up to and including purchasing the pipeline outright if were to come to that,” Notley said in the statement Tuesday. “But it is not the only model we’re considering.
“Obviously the best interest and outcomes for Albertans will be front and centre as we explore these options.”
Notley said on the weekend that the province was looking at taking an equity stake in the line, but didn’t talk about buying it completely.
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In B.C. Tuesday, Premier John Horgan said Alberta can do what it wants within the province’s own boundaries.
“The premier of Alberta is entitled to do whatever she wants within her borders,” said Horgan. “If she wants to invest in a pipeline, that’s her business.
“I would prefer she invest in refining capacity.”
The pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, announced it was scaling back on the federally approved $7.4-billion project because of opposition and delays from the B.C. government.
Ottawa approved the line in November 2016 but since then the project has faced court challenges and permit delays in B.C. Horgan has said the province is worried about the consequences of oil spills and the threat to the coastline.
Kinder Morgan has given the federal government until May 31 for concrete assurance the line will get built, and Notley has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action.