Alberta's premier cautions against overreaction, but will come out guns blazing if it turns out that Quebec wants the power to say no to the pipeline
EDMONTON—Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta shouldn’t get angry about Quebec’s decision to seek an injunction over the Energy East pipeline—at least not yet.
Notley says she has conferred with Quebec and the Prime Minister’s Office and it appears the Quebec government wants to conduct a review of the proposed project similar to one done by Ontario last fall.
She says if that is the case, Quebec would use its review to get information for a presentation it would make to the National Energy Board.
But Notley says Alberta will come out guns blazing if it turns out that Quebec wants the power to say no to the pipeline.
Quebec says TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. must demonstrate that its plans for the Quebec portion of the project respect the province’s laws.
The pipeline would carry 1.1 million barrels a day of western crude as far east as Saint John, N.B., serving domestic refineries and international customers.
“I am going to leave the gun in the holster until we are actually at the gunfight, and we are not there right now,” Notley said Tuesday. “We are going to be monitoring this and keeping a close eye on it.”