The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion overcame a major roadblock with a recent unanimous B.C. Court of Appeal ruling in favour of federal jurisdiction over the project.
“You could probably hear an audible cheer from Alberta when the ruling came down, because it was what we thought was a very clear decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal that affirmed that Trans Mountain is an interprovincial undertaking, that is subject to federal jurisdiction,” says Vivek Warrier, co-head of the energy and oil and gas industry team at Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary.
But with the federal cabinet yet to approve the project, stakeholders and First Nations consultations underway and an upcoming federal election, the decision on the pipeline — scheduled to drop in June — is still uncertain, Warrier says.