Kinder Morgan Canada CEO Ian Anderson said he is hopeful about negotiations with the new social democratic government in British Columbia and that his pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast can still be salvaged after British Columbia launched a constitutional challenge to the project’s federal approval at a Vancouver press conference on Aug. 11.

Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman announced that the NDP minority government, which is kept in power by the B.C. Green Party, will request that it be added to two judicial reviews of the 525,000 barrel per day (bbl/d) Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline that will carry Alberta oil sands diluted bitumen and has already been approved by the National Energy Board, as well as given the final green light from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Construction is slated to start next month.

“We are committed to fighting for B.C.’s interests and it is government’s desire to seek intervenor status in legal challenges to federal approval of the pipeline expansion and increased oil tanker traffic off B.C.’s coast,” Eby said.