trending Market Intelligence /marketintelligence/en/news-insights/trending/j7BghZK3Bttx13mcWzi37g2 content
Log in to other products

Login to Market Intelligence Platform

 /


Looking for more?

Contact Us

Request a Demo

You're one step closer to unlocking our suite of comprehensive and robust tools.

Fill out the form so we can connect you to the right person.

If your company has a current subscription with S&P Global Market Intelligence, you can register as a new user for access to the platform(s) covered by your license at Market Intelligence platform or S&P Capital IQ.

  • First Name*
  • Last Name*
  • Business Email *
  • Phone *
  • Company Name *
  • City *
  • We generated a verification code for you

  • Enter verification Code here*

* Required

Thank you for your interest in S&P Global Market Intelligence! We noticed you've identified yourself as a student. Through existing partnerships with academic institutions around the globe, it's likely you already have access to our resources. Please contact your professors, library, or administrative staff to receive your student login.

At this time we are unable to offer free trials or product demonstrations directly to students. If you discover that our solutions are not available to you, we encourage you to advocate at your university for a best-in-class learning experience that will help you long after you've completed your degree. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In This List

Canada's top court quashes British Columbia bitumen-transport law

Q2: U.S. Solar and Wind Power by the Numbers

Essential Energy Insights - September 17, 2020

Essential Energy Insights September 2020

Rate case activity slips, COVID-19 proceedings remain at the forefront in August


Canada's top court quashes British Columbia bitumen-transport law

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal of a law that would have allowed British Columbia to limit shipments of oil sands-derived bitumen within its boundaries. The law would have effectively killed Trans Mountain Corp.'s under-construction pipeline expansion.

In a unanimous decision on Jan. 16, the court upheld a ruling by a British Columbia court that found the province exceeded its constitutional authority in passing the law that would give it control over products that flow through federally regulated pipelines. Canada's top court announced its dismissal of the appeal through a press release and said reasons for the dismissal would be posted later. The Attorney General of British Columbia and the Attorney General of Canada were the participants in the case.

British Columbia passed the law as part of a spat with neighboring Alberta over the federal government's approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project, which would see the capacity of the line linking Alberta's oil sands region with a terminal in British Columbia's populous Lower Mainland region lifted to 890,000 barrels per day from the existing 300,000 bbl/d. British Columbia has been a staunch opponent of the line, which Alberta sees as vital to its economic interests. Alberta had passed a law that would have allowed it to limit petroleum shipments to certain jurisdictions, notably British Columbia, severely limiting the availability of motor fuel in the province.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan's government proposed the law as an amendment to its environment act. The amendment would have allowed it to limit shipments of tar-like bitumen until its chemical properties and its behavior in spills could be better understood. The law would have effectively stopped increased shipments of bitumen.

Kinder Morgan Inc. sold Trans Mountain to Canada's federal government after years of provincial, municipal and federal squabbles made the viability of its construction uncertain.

The case is Attorney General of British Columbia v. Attorney General of Canada [B.C.] [Civil] [As of Right] [38682], 2020 SCC 1.