Canada's westernmost province rejects pipeline to Pacific

The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility is seen in Alberta Province, Canada on October 22, 2009
The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility is seen in Alberta Province, Canada on October 22, 2009. Canada's westernmost British Columbia province on Friday rejected a proposed pipeline to move crude from the oil sands of Alberta province to the Pacific coast, citing environmental concerns.

Canada's westernmost British Columbia province on Friday rejected a proposed pipeline to move crude from the oil sands of Alberta province to the Pacific coast, citing environmental concerns.

In a written submission to a federal review panel, British Columbia said it could not support Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway pipeline.

Key questions about the pipeline route and how Enbridge would respond to spills remained unanswered, the document read.

"Our government does not believe that a certificate should be granted before these important questions are answered," provincial Environment Minister Terry Lake said in a statement.

He noted, however, that the government's position on the Northern Gateway is not a rejection of all heavy-oil projects, saying each "will be judged on their merits."

The Northern Gateway pipeline would move oil from the tar sands of neighboring Alberta to a new marine terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia, for shipping to Asia.

Up to 220 supertankers a year would dock at Kitimat to fill up on crude, one report estimated.

Aboriginals and environmentalists however oppose the terminal, saying tanker traffic poses risks to a pristine coastline that includes salmon-bearing rivers and the habitat of a rare white bear.

The plan gained momentum after the United States initially rejected TransCanada's Keystone XL connecting the Alberta tar sands to Texas refineries.

The US State Department is expected to make a final recommendation on the Keystone project to President in the coming months.

A panel reviewing the Northern Gateway project will wrap up hearings in June, and a decision on the project is expected at the end of the year.


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Jun 02, 2013
"Canada's westernmost British Columbia province" Who knew it had other British Columbias that are not so far west?

Hahaha:). AFP is an easy target though. Their grasp of Engrish is mediocre at best.

Jun 02, 2013
Many pipeline projects are being cancelled.

"Railroads are moving massive amounts of crude oil from wells to refineries, The Wall Street Journal reports. Those who buy oil prefer the flexibility of trains. The trend is leaving pipeline companies in the lurch, leading to cancellation or delays of new pipeline projects."

Pipelines are permanent. Railroads already exist and can be retasked as LENR begins replacing fossil fuels. This is speculation mind you.

The price of petrol has jumped 50 cents in the Midwest in the last day or 2, supposedly because of problems at ONE refinery. Why build more?

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