One of the largest energy projects ever proposed in Canada remains stuck in limbo one year after the approval process broke down amid conflict-of-interest allegations.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, a champion of the Energy East pipeline, announced his retirement from politics Thursday, on the same day that the British Columbia government said it is taking legal action against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Canada’s biggest pipeline operator says it plans to spend $5.3 billion on the largest project in its history, which involves replacing its Line 3 pipeline running from Hardisty, Alta., to Gretna, Man. 

We understand that the safety of the community is our first responsibility. We are building a safe pipeline, under the strict federal safety regulations that are enforced by both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Without dependable energy supplies, we all would struggle to keep our homes warm during Wisconsin’s harsh winters and for those who already struggle, the pain they would feel by not having a reliable and abundant supply would be devastating.

According to some commentators and politicians, the only thing Quebecers get from Albertan oil production is potential problems, in particular related to the transport of hydrocarbons, while the benefits are concentrated out West.

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