The province of British Columbia is taking Alberta to court to ensure we continue selling oil to our western neighbours, but we’ll have to bring it to them in a bucket brigade and a garden hose because I hear they don’t need pipelines.
With the deadline for a decision on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion a little over a week away, the battle between the provinces is heating up.
The pipeline company will decide whether or not to abandon its the project on May 31st and the province of Alberta just passed Bill 12 which gives it the power to control the flow of oil, natural gas and refined products out of the province.
In response to Bill 12, BC launched a legal action challenging the constitutionality of Alberta's turn off the taps law.
The BC Attorney General said:
If damage is caused to British Columbians by Alberta using this legislation, we will not hesitate to argue that Alberta is directly liable for any damage caused.
There was no mention of the damage caused to Alberta’s economy, the billions in investment lost or scared away and the thousands of job losses due to BC acting like a Baltic State instead of part of the Canadian Confederation.
The lawsuit states that a significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel and crude oil from Alberta would cause irreparable harm to the economy and also claims a disruption in supply could injure human health and safety in remote communities.
BC's AG, David Eby, said remote communities, mainly First Nations, get their electricity from diesel generators, thereby admitting that the those communities he trots out as the face of the pipeline battle, could be harmed the most by a blocked pipeline.
One province is currently suing another to get access to their natural resources and the suing province is also blocking the means of transportation for those same resources. The country is in crisis.
It's long past time for Justin Trudeau to step in and enforce the Constitution.