On September 21, the Trudeau government in Ottawa granted the National Energy Board another six months to re-review and renegotiate the proposal for the Transmountain Pipeline Expansion.

The NED will be given the period of 22 weeks, to review the original proposed qualms with the pipeline project, chiefly: its projected increase in B.C. coastal traffic, and the critical feedback from Indigenous and First Nations assemblies.

Premier Rachel Notley says, she will not allow Alberta to be silenced.

"Our focus now, is to ensure that the timeline is set in stone, that's the issue. And if it starts to slip, and the goal post shifts, I can ensure you the voices of Albertans will be loud, individually they will be loud, I have no doubt of that, but through my government they will be heard."

Notley continues, that she remains optimistic towards the progression of the project, yet not fully convinced it has met the end of it's struggles.

"We still remain a little bit sceptical, so too are Albertans I suspect. And as a result we will be watching very closely. We will not tolerate legal game playing, and should it start to appear that game playing is working, we will hold Ottawa's feet to the fire."

Notley concludes that Alberta's production is unrivaled, and impeding the projects continued progress, will be to the detriment of the entire country.

"We are leaders on the environment, we produce energy products to the highest standard in the world. We contribute mightily to the national economy, punching way above our weight to the benefit of all Canadians, we have worked day and night to ensure this pipeline benefits all Canadians as well. We have come too far to turn back, and in case there is any doubt, our fight to continue to build this pipeline has only just begun. We will campaign like never before, to continue our work winning the hearts and mind of Canadians, a fight we are already winning."

 

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