Alberta is already fighting to try to have a second oil pipeline approved to take oil to the west coast. Now, the opposition Conservatives are proposing a unified front against proposed changes to how pipelines and other projects are approved in the first place.

Party leader Jason Kenney has written Premier Rachel Notley suggesting that the entire Alberta Legislature voice its opposition to proposed changes for energy regulation at the federal level.

"They want to compromise the old National Energy Board or NEB rules," explained Drumhelelr-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman. "The NEB was designed for allowing landlocked provinces like Saskatchewan and Alberta to get access for their products to the coast."

However, unlike Kenney, Strankman isn't very confident the premier will take the offer seriously.

"I've worked with Rachel before in opposition and she certainly is smart in some fields but I'm apprehensive," he admitted. "They want to have all the fanfare for their government without realising that sometimes bi-partisan teams can have greater effect."

The change that concerns the Alberta Conservatives is a proposed Impact Assessment Act for projects like pipelines.

"Unfortunately, both the federal government and the provincial governments have politicised a lot of this stuff," charged Strankman. "(They've) allowed it to be politicised where grandstanding is the norm and that's not necessarily the way that business needs to be affected in the country."

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