Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the pipeline while Ottawa tries to reassure its investors that the project will move forward despite opposition from the government of British Columbia.
Canada's Alberta province on Monday edged closer to cutting off fuel shipments to neighboring British Columbia in an escalation of a row over the stalled C$7.4 billion ($5.9 billion) expansion of the Kinder Morgan Canada Trans Mountain pipeline.
Improvements to make the pipeline itself safer. Horgan said he used the meeting to press the federal government to "close the gaps" in coastal oil spill protection.
"Ideally, we wouldn't be in this situation right now", The Prime Minister told a news conference Sunday after a closely watched, last-minute meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan, who is blocking Trans Mountain, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who desperately wants to see it go ahead.
"I'm not counting on Alberta taking extreme or unlawful actions, but if they do we're prepared to defend British Columbians' interests with every legal means available and in the courts", he said.
"There will be no surprises and we will work with them on a collaborative basis".
Kinder Morgan has set May 31 as its deadline for deciding whether it will proceed with the Trans Mountain project.
- Legislative options - "We are actively pursuing legislative options that will assert, plus reinforce, the government of Canada's jurisdiction in this matter, which we know we clearly have", Mr Trudeau said.
In 1981, under then-premier Peter Lougheed, Alberta reduced oil shipments to Central Canada during a fight with the federal government over oil pricing and resource ownership. She said it's crucial now, more than ever, and she accused the Liberals of killing Northern Gateway pipeline and Energy East, leaving Canada nearly entirely dependent on the U.S.
In the wake of this, Kinder Morgan threatened to pack in the project altogether, with the Canadian government and Justin Trudeau having stepped in to ensure its continuation. "We will not be bought and we will block this pipeline", Will George, Watch House guardian and project leader, said.
"Let me be clear, we did this to ensure that pipelines weren't just approved, we did this to ensure that they would be built", Carr said.
Even if the courts rule against him, Horgan can say the B.C. government did everything it could, but the courts have determined the province doesn't have the authority.
"In the course of these discussions, senior officials sought to understand British Columbia's perspectives and presented ideas for further collaboration".