The B.C. government is calling on the courts to rule on the controversial decision to consult on restricting the flow of bitumen through pipeline or rail across British Columbia.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wants progress soon in the impasse between her province and British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline or she will ratchet up the pressure.
NDP Premier John Horgan insists he supports “every corner” of the province despite criticism from some northern municipalities he is not championing the oil and gas industry of northern British Columbia.
Over the last five years, oil pipelines have emerged as one of the most divisive issues in Canadian politics. Central to that debate is Kinder Morgan’s controversial proposal to twin an existing pipeline and ship up to 890,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to the B.C. coast.
The Trans Mountain expansion has sparked mass protests, lawsuits and an unprecedented trade war between sparring NDP premiers in Alberta and British Columbia. It has become a political bargaining chip in the nation’s approach to fighting climate change, and the subject of hundreds of closed-door meetings between governments, stakeholders, and Indigenous decision-makers.
The British Columbia government is eliminating PharmaCare deductibles for working families with the lowest incomes in the province, helping to make sure they get the prescription medicines they need but currently are struggling to afford, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced today.
One of the significant economic costs of constructing Trans Mountain’s heavy oil pipeline is the impact it will have on B.C. motorists at the pumps. This is because the price to transport petroleum products to British Columbia along the existing Trans Mountain system will more than double once the expansion becomes operational. As confirmed by Natural Resources Canada , transportation costs for delivery of crude oil and petroleum products to British Columbia are passed onto consumers.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan doesn’t intend to respond to any provocation from Alberta in the escalating trade dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Horgan said Wednesday it is not in anyone’s interests to fuel the spat between the two provinces.
BC Hydro’s independent regulator says British Columbia could obtain power equivalent to that generated by the Site C dam from the province’s existing hydroelectric infrastructure, at a savings of billions of dollars.
The B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC), in its final report on the Site C dam, swept aside BC Hydro’s long-standing objections to reclaiming the power it currently sells to the United States under the Columbia River Treaty.
A debate has been raging in the central interior of British Columbia over the pace and scale of post-wildfire salvage of dead trees. In fact, the debate started while the fires were still burning.
The salvage debate pits those who want to recover any remaining economic value in burnt wood while still possible (typically within two years) from those who don’t wish to see another major disturbance (logging) visited on a site that has just experienced a major disturbance.
“So the policy direction will be new and different, but at the same time we’ve got a lot of continuity as of basic Liberal values.”
Those values, according to Wilkinson, centre on promoting free enterprise, fiscal responsibility and eschewing deficit spending.