Environmentalists, the National Energy Board, the mayor of Montreal, native protesters and the resurrection of the Keystone XL Pipeline with U.S. President Donald Trump’s backing, all helped kill the Energy East pipeline project back in 2017.

TransCanada Corporation abandoned the $15.7-billion Energy East project more than a year ago, after the National Energy Board modified the environmental assessment process.

A business crowd of about 400 leapt to their feet in a standing ovation Friday at the suggestion that it should be illegal for Canadian governments to collect carbon taxes until there are new export pipelines delivering Alberta crude oil to world markets.

Attorneys for TransCanada will argue that U.S. District Judge Brian Morris should clarify or amend his ruling to say the injunction does not apply to activities such as finalizing contracts, purchasing materials, conducting land surveys and discussing federal permits.

Lyne Mercier, vice-chair of the NEB and chairwoman of the three-member panel hearing evidence, welcomed Indigenous presenters from the Louis Bull Tribe about 80 kilometres south of Edmonton as the first to speak as three weeks of hearings started in Calgary.

You know things are bad when private-sector companies like Cenovus Energy are begging NDP Premier Rachel Notely to use the powers of government to curtail oil production in Alberta.

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