Industry opposition weigh in on pipeline wins and losses

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s oil patch is applauding Ottawa’s approval of two massive pipeline developments saying the decisions let the world know Canada is open to investment.Even the province’s opposition party is giving a tip of the cap but stopped short of congratulating the NDP government for its part getting the TransMountain and Line 3 replacement projects approved.But Northern Gateway was nixed and analysts say there are concerns legal challenges and protests from many opposing groups could hinder development.Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers President and CEO Tim McMillan says India and China will continue to have increased oil demand.He hopes Canada’s reputation as a reliable source for oil could unseat Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela and others as the supplier of choice.“Canada has some of the highest environmental standards, it has some of the highest safety standards for those that work in our industry and the communities in which we operate,” he said.He went on to say the approvals show the government sees Canada has an excellent regulatory process.“And when the federal government got elected a year ago, they put an enhanced process on top of what was already there to ensure that they had the confidence that they could approve a project or they could make a decision on a project with confidence that it truly represented the Canadian interest,” said McMillan.But he’s disappointed Northern Gateway isn’t going forward, even though he admits that was the expected outcome.The same goes for Wildrose Leader Brian Jean who added he rejects the idea we need to trade pipelines for social license in the form of a carbon tax.“The NEB (National Energy Board) which obviously made the decision based on science and made these decisions some time ago, in particular Northern Gateway, I believe was made over a year and a half ago, and certainly there was no discussion of a carbon tax by this provincial government at that time nor was there discussion of a carbon tax by the federal government so I think it’s disingenuous,” he said.He adds, it’s yet to be seen what action premier Rachel Notley will take now that we have approval.“She’s got somebody, one of her appointments in particular on the advisory panel, is someone that has suggested that they will come out with legal challenges against Kinder Morgan,” said Jean.As for protests and other legal challenges, Jean says that will happen no matter where pipelines are approved.McMillan says it’s reasonable to expect not everyone will be on board with the projects, but it will be hard for anyone to argue the process wasn’t thorough. (File Photo) by Jonathan Muma Posted Nov 30, 2016 7:59 am MDT Industry, opposition weigh in on pipeline wins and losses

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