Enbridge to feds: we’d like more red tape, please


Enbridge has been pleading with Ottawa to simmer down, according to Environment Canada documents obtained by Postmedia News. Enbridge is the company planning to build the Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands, in the Edmonton region, to Kitimat, on the British Columbia coast. According to the report, Enbridge officials have said Ottawa wants to get over the regulatory approval process done on an “unrealistically fast” schedule.

Since the U.S. rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have brought Canadian bitumen to a refinery in Texas, the Northern Gateway pipeline has emerged a priority for the Conservative government. The pipeline would allow for the export of Canadian bitumen to Asia through the port of Kitimat—in other words, it would show the U.S. they are not the only buyer out there.

Enbridge’s $5.5 billion project faces opposition from environmentalists and several First Nations groups whose communities would be affected by—and whose finances would benefit from—the pipeline. The company’s way of convincing First Nations of the project’s benefits are, at best, controversial. An article in The Globe and Mail this week quotes Coastal First Nations executive director Art Sterritt saying that Enbridge has given close to $1 million to B.C. First Nations to conduct their own research into the project.

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Enbridge to feds: we’d like more red tape, please

  1. To me, this has all the hallmarks of people in an energy company who want to do the right thing. It sounds like they think their plan is a good one and so want to give folks the time and ability to examine it and come to that conclusion themselves.

    So kudos to them.  Hopefully this good will will continue even if the communities decide they don’t want the pipeline, and Enbridge will find other routes.

  2. This is the same company that yesterday asked the Joint Review Panel to limit the amount of time the local MP and MLA could speak in Prince Rupert on Friday. They refuse to accept the fact that British Columbians are not stupid and know that the risks far outweigh the rewards and that oil spills are a certainty. I guess they don’t like hearing that virtually all the people who speak to the JRP are against the project for very good reasons.

  3. Canada is a country of natural resources. We need to realize that we can extract, refine and transport efficiently, safely and in an environmentally friendly manner. We have the technology. Pipelines have thicker wall construction, better coatings, monotoring systems far better than previously. Refineries scrubbing technology in Canada is the best in the world. We just have to make sure they use Canadian built tankers with state of the art designs. Let’s do this thing. This will benefit all of Canada. 

    •  Anybody overly concerned about the “safety” of pipelines should probably just volunteer the back line of their property to hold the rail lines that would be required to replace the pipeline. Fortunately, trains derail at a rate of barely 1.5 per month, making them far safer than those silly “small leaks every couple of years” pipelines.

      • FACLC, not sure if you  are being facitious regardling pipelines, but given the rail spills of caustic acid into BC river 2 years ago,hazardous material into Lake west of Edmonton 2 years ago etc., I would rather have a pipeline in my back yard then a rail line.
        Pipelines are much safer then rail any day of the week. There are 100’s of thousands of miles of pipelines in Canada. Tell me about one where it killed all the fish in a river or in a lake?

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