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Alberta won't share pipeline royalties with BC: Redford

Alberta Premier Alison Redford told reporters her province would not share Northern Gateway pipeline royalties with British Columbia.

Her remarks, delivered at an annual pancake breakfast at the Alberta legislature, came on the heels of B.C. Premier Christy Clark's statement yesterday that her government would not support the project without additional cash.

Clark told the Globe and Mail that B.C. is assuming most of the environmental risk of the pipeline and stands to gain just eight per cent of the tax revenue from it.

"If Alberta is not willing to even sit down and talk, then it stops here," Clark told the Globe. "If Alberta wants to see this project go ahead Alberta is going to have to sit down at the table and talk about it."

The two will meet this week at the premier's meeting in Halifax.

Economist Robyn Allan argued that it's impossible to compensate for environmental damage when it occurs because financial estimates for clean up and compensate are flawed. Allan also claimed in a recent Tyee op-ed that revenue claims for the project developed by a Calgary-based consulting firm are "significantly exaggerated."

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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