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Alberta to suspend electricity purchase talks with B.C.

Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 4:25 pm MDT

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley makes an announcement at a microbrewery in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government is suspending talks with British Columbia on the purchase of electricity from that province.

She says it’s the first step in Alberta’s fight against the B.C. government’s move to obstruct the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion project.

She says $500 million annually for B.C.’s coffers hangs in the balance.

Notley says she met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Edmonton today on the pipeline issue and is calling on the federal government to end the dispute.

She says the federal government needs to be specific about what it will do to ensure that the pipeline expansion moves ahead.

The B.C. government has said it plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off the province’s coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill.