In Canada, 2 Provinces Feud Over Pipeline: Will It Bring Jobs or Spills?

OTTAWA — While much of the world may be focused on President Trump’s threats of a trade war with China, Canada’s attention right now is on a commercial feud within its own borders.

The provinces of British Columbia and Alberta are locked in a battle over a $7.4 billion expansion of a pipeline that runs from Alberta’s oil sands to a tanker port near Vancouver, a plan approved long ago.

Many British Columbians fear that increased tanker traffic could lead to spills along a coastline that is a global tourist attraction. Alberta argues that the pipeline is vital to its energy industry and the entire Canadian economy.