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Ottawa, Sep 2 (Canadian-Media): Construction on Trans Mountain pipeline halted after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced this week that she was pulling Alberta out of the Federal climate deal, media reports said.
Trans Mountain pipeline project. Image credit: Pixaby
Ottawa's implementation of its pan-Canadian climate plan -- which would include a price on carbon pollution of $20 a tonne in 2019 and rising to $50 in 2022 -- for the time being had been shattered.
Notley said that Alberta, one of the strongest supporters of the federal climate change plan, would not rejoin it until the federal government takes some bold action and Alberta gets fair value for its resources.
Federal Court of Appeal also cancelled construction permits for the pipeline, this week, saying that consultations with Indigenous peoples were inadequate.
"The court laid out a series of concerns, but also laid out a path that may allow us to remedy or to fix the particular failings that the court identified, so that's the work we're doing," said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.
In spite of Canada's commitment of finding a collaborative way forward with the provinces to tackle environmental issues, LeBlanc said, Canada wants only major energy projects with proper reviews and environmental protections in place to go forward.
Canada, in the meantime, is moving forward with plans to purchase the pipeline, said Bill Morneau, Federal Finance Minister, adding "tackling climate change is something that our government has been committed to doing since we took office."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)