March 17th, 2018

CP NewsAlert: Alberta premier threatens to broaden pipeline dispute with B.C.

By The Canadian Press on March 8, 2018.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to media before the Speech from the Throne, in Edmonton on Thursday, March 8, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships.

Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada – or both.

She says it’s time to focus the country’s attention on lost jobs and reduced revenue due to a pipeline bottleneck.

Notley says if she sees more moves to delay construction, her government will pass legislation to give her the power to reduce the flow of oil and natural gas.

In 1980, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed cut oil exports in his fight with Ottawa over price controls and revenue sharing under the national energy program.

The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil shipments until it could do more research on spill response.

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