The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) says the threat by Alberta’s premier to cut off oil supply to British Columbia is not “the appropriate tool” to pressure the province into supporting the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Cutting oil supply to B.C. to drive up prices would be detrimental to Alberta’s oil and gas industry, even though the pipeline’s approval would in turn boost the industry as a whole, president and CEO Tim McMillan said after a speech to the Canadian Club in Calgary on Tuesday.
“Limiting energy and damaging the energy industry … we wouldn’t recommend that,” McMillan told reporters. “Any time that … we limit the ability to access markets is a problem for us and, in fact, that’s what this whole fight is about: our ability to access new and growing markets.”
Instead, the provincial government should pressure the federal government to solve this debate, he said.
The pipeline expansion was approved by the Canadian government in 2016. Now it’s going through a route approval process to determine the exact pipeline placement. The existing Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline carries oil from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.
Governments and residents in British Columbia have said they are worried the pipeline would damage the environment, sensitive ecosystems, green spaces and private property.
In the throne speech last week, Premier Rachel Notley threatened to invoke the ban if B.C. stops or delays the project — worth $7.4 billion — by taking “extreme and illegal actions.”
CAPP supports general strategy
Although the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is opposed to an oil sanction, the advocacy organization does approve of Notley’s broader political strategy, McMillan said.
“We support the premier in her initiative to make the Kinder Morgan pipeline a success and that she’s doing a very important job of working with other governments, sometimes using difficult tools,” he said.
Alberta previously banned B.C. wines after the B.C. premier proposed limiting diluted bitumen shipments while the government studied oil spill risk along the Pacific coast.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.