As political tensions rise over the Kinder Morgan pipeline that has prompted a trade dispute between Alberta and British Columbia, ATB’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch gives his economic take of the situation.

Hirsch has noted in the past that pipeline capacity would be something to watch in 2018.

Just how vital to Alberta (and Canada) is it to export oil via B.C.’s coast? And can we consider the price of oil (recently hovering around $60), increased production, and its movement by rail all signs of the sector recovering?