The British Columbia Court of Appeal will consider a key issue in connection with the provincial forces in the political battle for the future of the Trans-Mount pipeline expansion project during a five-day hearing that begins on Monday.
The B.C. The government reference case asks the court whether the province has the authority to regulate the transportation of oil over its territory and to limit the delivery of bitumen from Alberta.
In particular, it is asked whether the proposed amendments to the British Columbia Environmental Management Act are valid and if they give the province the power to control the supply of heavy oils on the basis of the impact that the spill could have on the environment, human health or community.
The province also asks the court whether the amendments are overridden by federal law.
Prime Minister Alberta Rachel Notlei and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have said that only Ottawa, and not the province, has the authority to decide what will be done in cross-border pipelines.
Alberta and Saskatchewan submitted documents as stakeholders supporting the federal government in this case.
Vhen B.C. Last year, Alberta announced that it would ban B.C. wine, and accused Horgan of trying to break the rules of the Confederation in newspaper advertisements.
Last year, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the approval of the Triple Oil Delivery Project from Edmonton in Burnaby, BC, deciding that the National Energy Board had not properly considered its impact on marine life, nor Ottawa sensibly consulted autochthonous groups.
Last month, the board found that the pipeline was still in the public interest, despite the risk that an increase in tanker traffic could have a negative impact on southern killer whales, hurt the culture of indigenous people and increased greenhouse gas emissions.
He added 16 new recommendations for the federal government action in addition to 156 conditions in his initial approval for 2016.
Ready to fight in court
The federal government bought a gas pipeline last year.
Trudeau said the expansion was in the best interests of all Canadians and that his government had set aside $ 1.5 billion for an ocean protection plan that includes millions for research by B.C. killer whales.
Last year, Horgan stated that the objective of this case is to protect the coast and the economy of the province from harmful consequences of oil spills.
"We believe that it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect our environment, economy and our coast from drastic consequences of diluted bitumen," Horgan said in a statement when the reference case was released last April.
"And we are ready to confirm it in the courts."