Not­ley hails en­ergy board rul­ing on West Coast pipe­line ex­pan­sion

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Pre­mier Rachel Not­ley praised a de­ci­sion Thurs­day by the Na­tional En­ergy Board that tipped the scale in favour of Kinder Mor­gan’s West Coast pipe­line ex­pan­sion.

“It prob­a­bly means that the NEB has ac­cepted our ar­gu­ment that ... this is a project that is in the na­tional in­ter­est ... We can’t have in­di­vid­ual ju­ris­dic­tions in­ter­fer­ing with it,” she told re­porters Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The NEB ruled that the $7.4-bil­lion Trans Moun­tain project won’t have to com­ply with two sec­tions of the City of Burn­aby’s by­laws. The com­pany ar­gued the city was stalling con­struc­tion on a fed­er­ally ap­proved project.

“We ob­vi­ously will look very closely at the rea­sons be­hind the de­ci­sion and we hope the ad­di­tional mat­ters the NEB are con­sid­er­ing will also count in our favour,” Not­ley added. “It’s a re­ally good step for­ward.”

Hours ear­lier, Not­ley was de­liv­er­ing her pro-pipe­line mes­sage in a speech to the Ed­mon­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“As I like to say — and you may have heard me say it — there is a not a school, hos­pi­tal, road, bus, bike lane or port any­where in the coun­try that does not owe some­thing to Al­berta’s en­ergy in­dus­try,” she told the crowd at the Shaw Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Out­side, a small con­tin­gent of pro­test­ers gath­ered with signs read­ing “Pan­els not pipe­lines” and other mes­sages ad­vo­cat­ing for re­new­able en­ergy.

“I’m here as a con­cerned Al­ber­tan,” said Elauna Boutwell, who added the group wasn’t af­fil­i­ated with an or­ga­ni­za­tion. “We want Not­ley just to be aware … that not all Al­ber­tans are for the pipe­line.”

Not­ley’s speech was the fi­nal stop in a cross-coun­try tour ad­vo­cat­ing for the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line in Toronto, Ot­tawa, Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver. She said her visit to B.C. — where she spoke at the Greater Van­cou­ver Board of Trade’s an­nual en­ergy fo­rum last week — was an ef­fort to en­gage with the pub­lic, not politi­cians.

“It was … to ed­u­cate Bri­tish Columbians gen­er­ally about why Al­berta’s en­ergy in­dus­try is so im­por­tant to their econ­omy as well as the na­tional econ­omy,” Not­ley told re­porters.

Kinder Mor­gan has said the project is al­ready months be­hind and fur­ther de­lays could threaten its vi­a­bil­ity.

DAVID BLOOM

Pro­test­ers gath­erer out­side the Shaw Con­fer­ence Cen­tre on Thurs­day as Pre­mier Rachel Not­ley speaks to the Ed­mon­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce in­side.

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