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Alberta and Pipeline

b.c: But ministers are hightailing it back to Ottawa to try and salvage the pipeline project they green-lighted 17 months ago. ; Kinder Morgan announced late Sunday it was calling a halt to all non-essential spending on the project, giving Ottawa a deadline of May 31 to convince the company and its investors that the pipeline can prevail over the opposition that now threatens to block it, according to National Observer. The fight between B.C. and Alberta escalated Monday as Alberta Premier Rachel Notley promised legislation this week that would, once passed, give Alberta the ability to reduce domestic oil supplies into B.C. Such a move would cause already high gas prices in B.C. to spike, ramping up the pressure from pipeline proponents on the province to back down.B.C. Premier John Horgan, however, heads a minority NDP government that clings to power only with the support of three Green party members under an agreement to fight the pipeline. The House of Commons is in the middle of a two-week break, during which times cabinet rarely meets. So far, he's shown no sign of giving in. Notley said Monday she expects the federal government to follow Alberta's lead and put economic and fiscal pressure on B.C. to back off. The pipeline is within federal jurisdiction, but Horgan is trying to use provincial powers to limit how much oil ultimately destined for export markets overseas can flow through it, effectively killing any reason for expansion. ( As reported in the news.