B.C. is asking whether it can pass legislation which would require companies to obtain permits from the provincial government before increasing the flow of bitumen through the province.
A surprising number of Albertans also say they're struggling to pay their bills. Despite the end of the recent recession and economic indicators pointing to a rebound, many Albertans remain nervous about their financial futures.
The administrative law judge's report recommends the expansion project be allowed to proceed, as long as it sticks to the line's current corridor and not the revised route the pipeline company pitched.
If the B.C. pipeline dies, Kinder Morgan will have wasted millions of dollars and the more than four years it has spent obtaining approvals for the expansion, including agreements with the 41 Indigenous communities closest to the pipeline route.
The Chief and Council of Simpcw First Nation are making clear that their Nation supports the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
A very sweet deal was inked on April 6, 2017, by the B.C. government and Kinder Morgan Canada. It included up to $1 billion in revenue for B.C. over 20 years. Kinder Morgan also has separate benefit agreements with 33 B.C. First Nations and 19 municipalities in B.C. and Alberta.