Final arguments underway over Northern Gateway pipeline in Terrace BC

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 17, 2013 3:59 pm MDT Opponents and proponents of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline are making their final arguments over the next couple of weeks in Terrace B.C. to the National Energy Board.Northern Gateway President John Carruthers is confident the project will go ahead because he believes it’s in the country’s best economic interests.“I think we can demonstrate based on the litigations we’ve proposed, the commitments we’ve made that it can be built and operated safely, so I think clearly the question is yes, the project should proceed,” he said.Lawyer Richard Neufeld, representing the Northern Gateway project, spent a couple of hours before the panel, insisting there’s enough evidence out there.“It’s almost as if some of these organizations would have you believe that if only Northern Gateway had supplied a bit more environmental information, they could have supported this pipeline. We know that’s not the case,” he said.Neufeld questions whether anything would satisfy some of the proposal’s opponents.“No amount of additional environmental information is going to persuade Forest Ethics, the Natural Resource Defence Council, or any other member of the so-called tar sands campaign, to support a pipeline such as this,” he said.Several hundred protestors attended Monday’s hearing, vehemently opposed to the project and supporting the side of the likes of the Alberta Federation of Labour.AFL President Gil McGowan said by Enbridge’s own admission, the project would only create 228 permanent jobs in Canada and Enbridge isn’t convincing enough.“Time after time, projections have been proven false, their numbers don’t add up and when they say that this pipeline is an important piece of Canadian infrastructure, what’s become clear from the testimony and the evidence is that this is not Canadian infrastructure, this is Chinese infrastructure,” he said.McGowan added instead of building the pipeline, we should be refining the bitumen destined for China here at home and the demonstrators echoed his position.“All people involved in those demonstrations agree with us that we should reject this pipeline and focus on moving up the value ladder rather than giving our jobs away to places like China,” he said. Final arguments underway over Northern Gateway pipeline in Terrace, B.C. read more