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CanOil isn't stupid. They are assuming no American reads or hears anything in Canadian media. So this is an idle threat by Alberta. Alberta as some may recall had a huge near bankruptcy in the 1970's. If it wasn't for the Olympics being held in Calgary, that province would have taken a huge hit. However, Alberta has allowed a glut of housing which they stupidly didn't project would create more pressure on their government to supply all of the utilities and services these new residents need.
Calgary is on a prairie at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. Unlike Edmonton, it is the seat of Big Oil. Anyone who been to Calgary sees the huge number of glass walled buildings in the center of Calgary. These are all part of Calgary's Big Oil Complex. It is also the ONLY industry keeping Alberta and other provinces from rack and ruin, with the exception of British Columbia. BC is a province with a huge tourist industry as well as music industry. It is as financially stable as Alberta.
Right now, Alberta is not doing so well financially as a result of the cost of the housing glut their believed would increase the taxes in that province. When that proved a failure, then Premier Ralph Klein and George W. Bush met in 2006 in Alberta to discuss the "Keystone Pipeline" previously pitched to BC and rejected soundly.
Alberta is desperate to muscle the US to push for that pipeline. The deal is that US taxpayers are responsible, not CanOil, for a spill even though the US government under Bush allowed land in several states to be taken by a foreign country, Canada, for the pipeline. Eminent domain in no way means Canada will pay for massive spill or worse...a huge fire on the pipeline of it passes through Sweet Grass Montana as it is most likely to do. Why should Canada care about a massive environmental destruction in the US? They won't deal with the carnage. US taxpayers will.