The Alberta Government is on board with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
On Tuesday (Apr.24), Alberta Premier Rachel Notley spoke to hundreds in Sherwood Park ensuring the government’s commitment to the expansion.
Notley assured locals the project will break ground and offer more jobs in the heartland. Her comments were met with applause.
"Not everyone out there understands the need for this pipeline. And so I’ve been travelling Canada, making sure Canadians know why pipelines matters," said Notley.
B.C. Premier John Horgan and his government are not in favor of the pipeline.
"Conversations are going on at a furious pace between officials from Alberta, the federal government and Kinder Morgan," added Notley. "To reduce investor risk, we are prepared to step in and take a public position in the pipeline."
Although the $7.4-billion expansion project comes with a hefty price tag, the capacity for oil transportation between Alberta and British Columbia would easily triple.
"When we hold this industry back, we hold Canada back. And quite frankly, I can’t think of another country that would so willingly handcuff its economy."
Notley closed her speech by telling the audience to call and email politicians in B.C. and Ontario to voice their support for the pipeline.
The Trans Mountain project was approved by the federal government in 2016, with a goal to get more oil to overseas markets for a better price.