Alberta Finance Minister Defends $ 1.3 Billion Keystone XL Loss As ‘Calculated Decision’

Alberta Finance Minister Defends $ 1.3 Billion Keystone XL Loss As ‘Calculated Decision’

“In this province, we produce over three million barrels a day of oil from the oilsands alone,” said Savage. Energy Minister Sonya Savage added the decision meshed with a broader commitment to grow Alberta’s wellspring industry.

“If prices go down because we don’t have enough pipeline capacity, we can lose hundreds of millions of dollars in provincial revenue.” Around that time, the project faced multiple court challenges. The emerging U.S. Democratic party candidate, now President Joe Biden, promised in his election campaign to cancel it.

The KXL expansion project was to take more Alberta oil across the United States and down to ports and refineries on the Gulf Coast in Texas. Biden did so in January on his first day in office, saying more product from Alberta’s oilsands does not mesh with his larger goal of combating climate change.

Premier Jason Kenney and his United Conservative government, in early 2020, committed $1.5 billion in direct financing and $6 billion more in loan guarantees to TC Energy Corp. They made the comments a day after the project operator, TC Energy Corp. of Calgary, officially abandoned the multibillion-dollar cross-border project.

Ceci characterized the decision to invest in Keystone XL as an irresponsible gamble given that the project was already in jeopardy when the line’s backer, then-U.S. president Donald Trump, was facing stiff opposition to retain the presidency. Opposition NDP critic Joe Ceci, during question period, renewed a call for the government to release all details surrounding the contract to confirm the calculated $1.3-billion hit to Alberta’s bottom line.

Kenney said the province is still consulting with lawyers about suing the U.S. government to recoup the money under legacy rules tied to the old North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. “Yesterday’s loss is another example of how this premier has failed our energy sector.” “The UCP gambled wrong,” said Ceci.

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