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Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi confirmed Friday that the federal authorities will announce, probably as early as subsequent week, its plan to restart the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Officials with each the federal and Alberta governments have been reviewing the method specified by the federal court docket rejection of the work permits for the venture.
“We will be announcing our path forward in a few days, in a short, expedited way of getting this project back on track,” Sohi mentioned at an announcement for a Western Canada Growth Strategy in Edmonton.
“We are not talking about months of wait — days or maybe a week or so… because we understand the importance of this project to Alberta’s economy but also to the Canadian economy.”
The timeline comes a day after Premier Rachel Notley confirmed the court docket ruling has been gone over from a number of totally different angles by each governments.
“You need to test your assumptions from a lot of different perspectives,” she mentioned Thursday at an occasion on the University of Alberta.
“So we’ve been doing that pretty much daily and sharing that information with them and advocating pretty strongly.”
“I don’t know exactly where they’re going to land. I can’t tell you for sure they’re going to land on a place that will be satisfactory to us and so our next steps will be defined by what we see from the federal government.”
Late final month, the federal court docket of enchantment overturned the federal authorities’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline enlargement venture.
In a unanimous determination by a panel of three judges, the court docket mentioned the National Energy Board’s (NEB) assessment of the proposal was so flawed the federal authorities couldn’t depend on it as a foundation for its determination to approve the enlargement.
The court docket additionally concluded that the federal authorities failed in its responsibility to interact in significant consultations with First Nations earlier than giving the venture the inexperienced gentle.
“I can’t talk about what path forward we’re going to take,” Sohi mentioned. “We’re exploring all choices.
“But we additionally perceive that we have to transfer ahead as shortly as attainable so we’re shifting towards that and I’m very hopeful that we’ll be capable of have a path ahead shortly.”
“Our focus is to verify no matter steps we take should permit us to get this venture constructed.
“We don’t wish to be ready the place we’re in the identical place the place we’re as we speak. Our objective is to get this inbuilt the correct approach.”
Notley mentioned no matter comes, it will likely be someday earlier than building will get going.
“That is a solid six- or seven-month proposition and that can’t happen until the NEB reissues its certificate. So what we need is a plan and we need a plan that is not caught up in regulatory and legal gamesmanship and the NEB level.”
Parliament resumes sitting Monday for 3 weeks, earlier than every week off over Thanksgiving.
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