The Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments on whether British Columbia has the authority to restrict oil shipments within its borders. In May 2019, the B.C. Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the province’s proposed environmental amendments appeared to target the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and interfered with federal jurisdiction over pipelines. The federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion in May 2018. The expansion project would twin the existing pipeline to export crude oil from Strathcona County, Alberta, near Edmonton to an export facility in Burnaby, B.C. for shipment to other countries.
(Case No. 38682) (January 16, 2020)