Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Trans-Mountain)

B-C's attorney general says the province plans to file a lawsuit in Alberta as early as next week to have that province's fuel restriction law declared unconstitutional.

David Eby says the B-C government will apply for an injunction and seek damages, should Alberta use the new law to restrict fuel flows to the West Coast.

The legal dispute between Alberta and B-C is part of an ongoing national feud over the 7.4-billion dollar Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Kinder Morgan, the pipeline's builder, has stopped all non-essential spending on the project to twin the existing pipeline between Burnaby and Edmonton, saying it wants assurances it can proceed without delays by May 31st. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Notley-Trans-Mountain)

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has told B-C business leaders that her government doesn't want to impose hardship on them, but that her province must safeguard its interests.

About 100 business people from B-C flew to Edmonton today to hear Notley speak, along with about 200 members of the Edmonton and Calgary chambers of commerce.

Legislation passed this week in Alberta would allow that province to intervene in the energy sector, to reduce oil and natural gas exports to B-C and elsewhere

Val Litwin of the B-C Chamber of Commerce says the legislation may not be popular in B-C, but it's focusing attention and spurring debate on the Trans Mountain pipeline. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Flooding)

Officials around Grand Forks are keeping an eye on the river levels and watching the sky for more rain.

Chris Marsh of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says the Kettle River rose about 20 centimetres today and is expected to crest Saturday, but there's also a forecast for thunderstorms, which could make the situation in Grand Forks much worse.

The Canadian Armed Forces says about 300 Canadian troops are also arriving to help communities overwhelmed by floodwaters.

About 45-hundred people have been ordered to evacuate their homes around the province because of high water. …

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