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Offline kimmy

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Re: Alberta provincial election
« Reply #45 on: April 17, 2019, 11:33:53 am »


You said contradictory things over two sentences. 

Difference being one Province is working through the courts in a legal way, the other, not so much.   I can disagree with the stance BC has taken, and we will see who will be correct through the courts.   Cutting off gas (which Alberta canít do anyway) is rhetoric and completely asinine.

It hasn't been established that Alberta's "turn off the taps" legislation is actually illegal or unconstitutional.  It's actually very similar to BC's plan to require permits for products being shipped through pipelines.  BC's plan is to refuse permits to substances they consider dangerous; Alberta's plan is to issue permits to maximize Alberta export revenues.  The bill doesn't actually make any reference to any specific pipeline or province, it's phrased in terms of managing limited pipeline capacity for maximum economic benefit.   In practice, that means using the single existing pipeline to transport bitumen for international sale.  There's nothing inherently illegal there;  BC was in federal court last month to argue that their own pipeline permitting plan is constitutional.

As a side-effect, of course that would also mean that BC wouldn't be getting refined products from Edmonton through the Kinder Morgan 1953 pipeline. BC would only be getting bitumen, and BC doesn't have any capability of using bitumen.  BC would have to refine it's own products or import them from elsewhere.  Of course BC's little Fisher-Price refinery at Burnaby can't come close to meeting Vancouver's fuel requirements, and refineries in the western US are already operating at maximum capacity, so actually tracking down refined products might be a bit of a challenge... and probably pretty expensive.

I don't think the "shut off the taps" will actually happen, but I kind of wish it would, just for a little while.  It would quickly educate smug lower-mainland enviro-weenies about the importance of Alberta fossil fuel products in their lives.  David Eby testifying in court that the situation was a crisis for BC residents would be informative, as would John Horgan explaining that point to the federal government and national media.

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