Alberta Government Enacts Laws to Limit Oil Shipments

April 17, 2018 10:04 am Last Updated: April 17, 2018 10:04 am

The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would give the energy minister power to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline, and natural gas leaving the province. Once passed, Marg McCuaig-Boyd would be able to direct truckers, pipeline companies, and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when.

Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.

Alberta is locked in a dispute with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline. An expansion to the West Coast has been approved by the federal government, but B.C. is fighting it in the courts.

Harriet Prince, 76, of the Anishinaabe tribe marches with Coast Salish Water Protectors and others against the expansion of Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada on March 10, 2018. (Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)

Notley said the proposed legislation is not punishing B.C. for the Kinder Morgan project’s delay, which she says costs Canada $40 million a day in lost revenue due to market bottlenecks and higher shipping fees.

But she said Alberta is “very committed to putting pressure on B.C. to come around and focus on what this pipeline actually means.”

B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman said his province will carefully examine the legislation Alberta has tabled.

“I’m not counting on Alberta taking extreme or unlawful actions, but if they do we’re prepared to defend British Columbians’ interests with every legal means available and in the courts,” he said.