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Pipelines and pot — a primer on paramountcy

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 9:02 AM | By Andrew Bernstein

The federal government’s announcement that it was purchasing the rights to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline opened a new front in the battle over whether and how Canada should transport hydrocarbon-based energy sources, largely from Alberta, from “wellhead to tidewater.”

While Alberta and its government are wildly in favour of this pipeline and the boost it will provide to its economy, the government of British Columbia objects to it on the basis of its potential environmental effects, both in the short term (spill risk) and...