With pressure building fast, federal and Alberta officials are meeting almost daily to work out some kind of ownership or backstop deal. They convene in Ottawa and keep in regular contact with the company.
The federal cabinet gave the green light to both Trans Mountain and Line 3 — the largest project in the history of Enbridge — on the same day in November 2016.
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.