British Columbia is making demands over the $6 billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline project before they will agree to the expansion.
B.C. wants an environmental assessment, an established oil response and recovery system for land and water, and treaty rights with First Nations addressed before signing off on the controversial oil project, writes The Province. B.C. also wants a better cut of the tax revenues in the deal as compensation for the environmental risk, the Globe and Mail reports
Don’t look for Alberta to be cutting a cheque for their neighbours any time soon. “Leadership is not about dividing Canadians and pitting one province against another,” Alberta Premier Alison Redford said in a statement, according to the CBC. “Leadership is about working together.” In the showdown, B.C.’s Environment Minister, Terry Lake told CBC that the pipeline project needs more than 60 permits from B.C. before it gets the green light.