EN­ERGY

Not­ley urges pub­lic to show sup­port for pipe­line

Edmonton Journal - - FRONT PAGE - CLARE CLANCY

Premier Rachel Not­ley re­it­er­ated her pro-pipe­line mes­sage Tues­day in the prov­ince’s in­dus­trial heart­land, where she called on Al­ber­tans to shore up sup­port for the Trans Moun­tain project.

“Not far from here is where the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line orig­i­nates, and where it has op­er­ated safely for decades,” she said in a speech to the Sher­wood Park and District Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“I need you to get on the phone and to get on­line ... Get the phones ring­ing in Ot­tawa, fill up those in­boxes.”

Kin­der Mor­gan Inc.’s $7.4-bil­lion pipe­line ex­pan­sion was cast into doubt ear­lier this month when the com­pany stopped non-es­sen­tial spend­ing and im­posed a May 31 dead­line to re­store share­holder con­fi­dence.

Not­ley has re­peat­edly said she would do what­ever it takes to get the pipe­line to tide­wa­ter built, in­clud­ing buy­ing the project out­right.

She re­cently met with B.C. Premier John Hor­gan and Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, who said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would start for­mal fi­nan­cial dis­cus­sions with Kin­der Mor­gan to re­move un­cer­tainty around the project.

Not­ley said she was pleased by Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe’s show of sup­port.

On Mon­day, he in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion to bring in a per­mit­ting process for cor­po­ra­tions to ex­port en­ergy out­side of Saskatchewan. The En­ergy Ex­port Act fol­lowed a sim­i­lar move by Not­ley’s gov­ern­ment, which in­tro­duced a bill to give the en­ergy min­is­ter fi­nal say over crude oil, nat­u­ral gas or re­fined fu­els leav­ing the prov­ince.

“It un­der­lines the fact this is an is­sue that mat­ters to all Cana­di­ans ... It’s cer­tainly help­ful to get that in­di­ca­tion from Saskatchewan,” Not­ley told reporters Tues­day af­ter her speech.

She told the au­di­ence that sup­port for the pipe­line con­tin­ued to grow and fur­ther en­trenched her po­si­tion, ar­gu­ing that the only out­come to the po­lit­i­cal feud with B.C. is for Trans Moun­tain to break ground.

“Just last week, we saw polling out of B.C. that con­firmed what we all know — an in­creas­ing ma­jor­ity of the res­i­dents of B.C. sup­port this pipe­line,” she said in her speech.

ED KAISER

Premier Rachel Not­ley asked mem­bers of the pub­lic Tues­day to ex­press their sup­port of the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line project to fed­eral of­fi­cials.

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