Northern Gateway Pipeline May Still Pass Despite Opposition, Says Canada Natural Resources Minister
Proponents of the planned Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to Canada’s West Coast can still carry the day even though the project has generated a wave of opposition, the country’s natural resources minister said.
Both the federal and Alberta governments, as well as the oil industry, are keen for the C$6 billion Enbridge Inc pipeline to be built to enable the increasing supply of crude from the oil sands to satisfy thirsty Asian markets.
A glut of Albertan oil relative to current pipeline capacity has forced deep discounts that are taking a toll on provincial and federal coffers as well as oil company profits.
But the Liberal government of the province of British Columbia, the main opposition New Democratic Party, aboriginal groups and environmental groups have raised strong opposition to the 550,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) line.
It is currently undergoing an environmental review, which is to conclude at the end of the year. Oliver said Ottawa had much work to do to convince British Columbians of the value of the pipeline but said that if environmental concerns were allayed, the provincial government should not be opposed.
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