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B.C.-Alberta pipeline dispute: Queen's University expert

2012-08-03

Queen’s University energy policy expert Warren Mabee is available to talk about the standoff between the premiers of B.C. and Alberta at the premiers’ conference over demands for more revenues from the proposed Gateway pipeline project.

Dr. Mabee says it will be hard for B.C. Premier Christy Clark to try to collect money from the Alberta government in exchange for the movement of goods through B.C. appears because it has no precedent in Canada. He says instead of royalty sharing, Clark would be better off examining possibilities such as taxation.

“This is a case where the pipeline will be built and the stuff inside the pipeline belongs to the companies, not to the province," says Dr. Mabee, a School of Policy Studies professor and director of the Institute for Energy & Environmental Policy at Queen’s. “Premier Clark has a number of options aside from royalty sharing. An export or port tax could be levied on the oil company by asking a fee per barrel being moved through the proposed terminal in Kitimat, B.C.”

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