Notley urges NEB to approve Trans Mountain pipeline through B.C.

EDMONTON -- Premier Rachel Notley says the proposed expansion of a pipeline to the B.C. coast is not just in Alberta's best interests, but is the best thing for Canada as well.

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Notley, in a written submission on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, says Alberta has the oil resources to justify a second pipeline.

And she says Alberta is not currently getting a fair price for its oil because lack of pipeline access forces it to sell only to the U.S. market.

She notes higher profits translate into higher corporate taxes and more spinoff jobs that benefit the entire country.

Notley made the remarks in a letter to a National Energy Board panel reviewing the proposed twinning of the current Trans Mountain line, which runs from Edmonton to the Vancouver area.

The British Columbia government, in its submission, says it can't support the project as it stands because it is not satisfied with, among other things, Kinder Morgan's plans on how it will cope with oil spills on land and on the water.


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