Northern Gateway: Prerequisites and pie charts


BC Premier Christy Clark talks tough about the Northern Gateway pipeline.

“There is a risk to our environment and there is very little benefit to jobs and to our economy and to our province,” she said. “The balance isn’t there for British Columbia today and I don’t think British Columbians will want this project to go ahead until we can find that balance — unless we can find that balance.”

And her government follows that with a set of five prerequisites for pipeline construction—complete with some rather pointed pie charts. The last of those prerequisites is that “British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy oil project that reflects the level, degree and nature of the risk borne by the province, the environment and taxpayers.”

More from the CBC.

Lake also said B.C. has “insufficient” information to support the Enbridge pipeline at this time, and the province would exercise its right to cross-examine Enbridge at upcoming federal hearings on the proposed pipeline.

B.C. Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Mary Polak said she was unaware of any First Nation in B.C. that supported the project, and it was clear they had real concerns about the project.

Meanwhile, Joe Oliver’s office has released a statement from the minister on “the Harper Government’s Commitment to the Responsible Development of Resources.”

“Our Government is committed to gaining access to fast-growing, emerging markets for Canada’s natural resources. This access will create hundreds of thousands of new, high-quality jobs and provide billions of dollars in Government revenue to pay for vital social programs right across this country. Jobs and economic growth benefiting all Canadians is our number one priority.

“An important step in achieving that prosperity for all Canadians is our Government’s Responsible Resource Development initiative. It enables the thorough and timely review of major resource projects and will ensure that Canada fully participates in the enormous potential of new markets in Asia and elsewhere for our energy and mining products.

“I can assure Canadians that under Responsible Resource Development, only projects that meet our rigorous environmental standards will go forward. Furthermore, our initiative will enhance Aboriginal consultation so that Aboriginal communities can participate in and benefit from resource development.

Our Government is determined that Canada seize today’s enormous opportunities in a careful and responsible manner for the benefit of Canadians now and in the future. We look forward to working with the provinces to secure the long-term prosperity of Canada.”


Northern Gateway: Prerequisites and pie charts

  1. If Enbridge modified Northern Gateway pipeline to ship *only* upgraded Synthetic Crude Oil (SCO) instead of diluted bitumen, a lot of the environmental opposition as outlined further in the linked CBC article would disappear (SCO is lighter than water and would float).

    It would also decrease tanker traffic on this project by as much as 50% (no need to import condensate from PacRim countries) and reduce diluted bitumen volumes by roughly 30%.

    *eliminate condensate pipeline
    *eliminate a number of storage tanks for condensate and wide range of export products
    *would get the unions and those who think more upgrading in Canada is a good idea on board

    My current state of the union “no-brainer”. Say, is there any sort of forum coming up where the, I dunno, premiers could discuss this in some sort of national strategy framework?

  2. Joe Oliver…hmmm…Lets’s see. Ah yes, that would be the same Joe Oliver who confidently assured a national TV audience that, by the time the resource extraction companies finish remediating the oil sands sites, the tailing ponds will be fit to fish and swim in.

    Yup, I’m gonna’ take his pronouncements on the matter seriously.

  3. I seem to remember a couple of years back that a senior CSIS official claimed the Chinese were heavily engaged in espionage to influence Canadian government policy. I’m starting to think they have made serious inroads…

  4. “Our Government is determined that Canada seize today’s enormous opportunities in a careful and responsible manner for the benefit of Canadians now and in the future”

    Oliver managed to say nothing relevant to the discussion. But if I were a BCer, I might be nervous about his use of the word “seize.”

  5. Premier Redford, is perfectly welcome, to keep her dirty lethal Bitumen laced with chemicals to herself. The BC people don’t want any money, what-so-ever. So, Redford can gladly keep her money too, for we don’t want a dime of it. She can gladly take Christy Clark too. For the BC citizens, don’t want her either.

  6. Yes well. Oliver called the people opposing the dirty Enbridge pipeline, terrorists. It is Harper, Oliver, Enbridge, and Alberta who are the terrorists.

    It is totally brain dead, to string a pipeline across BC. We have three mudslides, with loss of life, just recently. There are avalanches, rockslides, earthquakes, and swift flooded rivers, that are carrying away homes and highways as we speak. How does Enbridge, get through 15 feet of snow to get to the pipe spill, in BC’s vast wilderness? Well, Enbridge hasn’t cleaned up, their last 804 spills.

    The dirty tar tankers from China, have to get through one of the most treacherous seas in the world. Kitimat Port is a northern port. There are hurricane force wind warnings, every other day. There are waves over 50 feet high. There are rogue waves over 80 feet high.
    The channel narrow, the dirty tankers massive, that have to do hairpin turns. It takes three miles to stop one of those behemoth tankers. There were just three freighters caught in one of those horrendous storms. The storm tore their cargo off and into the sea. One ship damned near capsized.It took hours to reach the stricken ship, in that storm.

    There is still oil gathering on the rocks, from the Valdez spill, over 22 years ago. That is a teacup spill, compared to one of those mammoth tankers from China.

    So please. Premier Redford can keep her money and her Bitumen. We BC people don’t want any, of either one.

  7. Oliver wrote: “An important step in achieving that prosperity for all Canadians is
    our Government’s Responsible Resource Development initiative.”

    I believe that a similar line was lifted from Orwell’s “1984”. Chomsky has also written:”The point is that in a … totalitarian state, it doesn’t much matter
    what people think because … you can control what they do. But when the
    state loses the bludgeon, when you can’t control people by force and
    when the voice of the people can be heard, … you have to control what
    people think. And the standard way to do this is to resort to what in
    more honest days used to be called propaganda. Manufacture of consent.
    Creation of necessary illusions.”

    That fits Harper, Oliver and Enbridge to a “T”.