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B.C. Court of Appeal strikes down the provincial government's attempt to stymie the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline: CAPP

CALGARY, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is pleased the British Columbia Court of Appeal has reaffirmed that no one province has the authority to shut down construction of the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline (TMEP). The future of TMEP now rests with the Government of Canada to ensure construction begins immediately following the completion of consultations on June 18, 2019.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CNW Group/Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers)

The unanimous and expedient decision by the Court of Appeal to strike down proposed legislation in B.C. aimed at quashing the TMEP, was an important ruling. The court found B.C. doesn't have the authority to interfere with inter-provincial projects, and its decision upholds the constitutional principle that projects in the national interest remain federally legislated. The B.C. government must respect the federal government's jurisdiction over national projects and stop interfering with TMEP to the detriment of all of Canada, including B.C.

The oil and natural gas industry has always been committed to the safe and responsible production of our natural resources, and its transportation on roads, in pipes, and on ships. It remains a priority for industry and the federal government, as demonstrated with Canada's world-class marine safety responses systems such as the West Coast Marine Response Corporation and the Oceans Protection Plan.

The TMEP is an investment in the future. Canada can supply the world with the energy it needs.

The B.C. Court of Appeal decision can be found here.

CAPP quotes: Tim McMillan, president and CEO

Supporting information

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies produce about 80 per cent of Canada's natural gas and oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues from oil and natural gas production of about $101 billion a year. CAPP's mission, on behalf of the Canadian upstream oil and natural gas industry, is to advocate for and enable economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

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