Alberta power line project reviews stopped at Premier Redford’s request

Provincial regulators have stopped reviews and hearings on three controversial transmission projects at the request of Premier Alison Redford’s fledgling government.

The edict announced Friday comes just days before the Alberta Utilities Commission was to hand down a decision on the Heartland project proposed for the Edmonton industrial area.

Hearings on the multibillion dollar Edmonton-to-Calgary power line projects, the Western Alberta and Eastern Alberta transmission lines, also have been suspended indefinitely.

Energy Minister Ted Morton asked the commission to suspend the regulatory process while the government reviews its approach to the so-called critical transmission infrastructure projects.

“The AUC’s jurisdiction to consider these applications is unquestioned,” said Morton in a letter to the regulator dated Oct. 19.

“Until the government completes its review of those three projects, I respectfully request that the AUC suspend or adjourn its considerations of those three applications.”

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