Reaction to Pipeline Decisions Pour In
Prince George, B.C. – Reaction has been swift to the federal government’s pipeline decisions this afternoon.
The government rejected Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project while it approved its Line 3 Replacement Proposal along with Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
In a prepared statement, Enbridge said it was pleased with the Line 3 approval noting that it “will ensure the safe and reliable delivery of Canada’s energy resource to market.”
It also said the Line 3 Replacement Program is the largest project in the company’s history and will “enhance the safety of the line and restore its original capacity of 760,000 barrels a day.”
Enbridge continued: “Replacing Line 3 is the most timely and reliable solution for transporting Western Canadian crude oil to the Chicago, U.S. Gulf Coast, Eastern U.S. and Canadian refinery markets.”
As for the government’s rejection of Northern Gateway it said it was “disappointed.”
“This was an important project to ensure Canada gets its resources to international markets, where Canadian producers can receive the best returns, benefitting our provincial and national economies.”
Enbridge also said: “The 31 Indigenous communities who had a one-third ownership in Northern Gateway stood to realize $2 billion in benefits to their communities and would have played an important stewardship role in the project.”
But there was no disappointment regarding the Enbridge decision from Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen.
“A significant breakthrough for people in north west British Columbia. Some of us who have been fighting Enbridge Northern Gateway for more than a decade now,” he said during a regional teleconference today.
“A lot of people, First Nations, non-First Nations, hunters, fishermen, environmentalists – joined together when this threat was first proposed many years ago, and today is a good day for them. It’s also a good day for our communities who rely on the ocean, who like living where we live because of what it offers us and want to remain good stewards of the land.”