Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion should go ahead regardless of the uncertain outcome of the British Columbia election.
Notley supports the $7.4 billion project proposed by Texas-based Kinder Morgan to triple the amount of crude that flows from the Edmonton area to the B.C. Lower Mainland.
The B.C. election earlier this week left Christy Clark’s Liberals just shy of a majority with 43 seats, but recounts and absentee ballots could sway the final tally.
The NDP won 41 seats and the Green Party holds the balance of power with its three seats.
The B.C. New Democrats’ campaign platform vowed to use every tool to fight the Trans Mountain project, but did not outline how.
Notley says it was the federal government’s call to approve the Trans Mountain project late last year and the environmental review was done well.
“Obviously the courts are going to do what they’re going to do, and that’s their job,” Notley told reporters Friday.
“But I feel pretty confident that the process behind Kinder Morgan was pretty solid. And of course the case for the economic value of Kinder Morgan not only to Albertans, but also to British Columbians and ultimately to all Canadians, it is exceptionally strong.”