country may restrict exports of Alberta’s oil sands and bitumen to countries with low greenhouse gas emissions standards.
Officials in Alberta, home to the bulk of Canada’s oil sands production, were caught by surprise and are expected to resist any attempts by the central government to curb the province’s oil exports to energy-hungry Asia.
Canadian energy firm Enbridge is planning a US$4.2 billion pipeline project to ship oil sands from Alberta to the British Columbia coast, from where it would be shipped to China and other countries in Asia. A federal ban or restriction on oil sands exports would make the project unviable.
Alberta is keen to reduce its heavy dependence on the US as it believes it is not getting the best price for its oil sands. Furthermore, US politicians have warned that they want to reduce their use of oil sands which are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.