British Columbia's opposition to the Northern Gateway (ENB) pipeline shifts focus to a potential...

British Columbia's opposition to the Northern Gateway (ENB) pipeline shifts focus to a potential pipeline to eastern Canada, Alberta Premier Alison Redford tells legislators in New Brunswick, where the premier is a backer of TransCanada's (TRP) idea of converting an existing natural gas pipeline to carry crude into Quebec with a potential extension to the Atlantic which could ship ~850K bbl/day of oil by late 2017.

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  • jack20
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    At least there is one PM in Canada who can think beyond the end of his nose.Anyone out there know the status of Kinder Morgans proposal to "twin" their existing Transmountain Pipeline to carry 700,000 barrels/day, Edmonton to Burnaby,B.C. This one should be a no brainer as an existing right-of-way already exists.
    7 Jun 2013, 09:31 PM Reply Like
  • bobby44
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    You are right it is a no brainer. I mean the politics not the pipeline.
    Pipe is the new football for the folks who attack. They did the same with the first rail lines and the first pipeline. Remember the government fell over the debate.
    9 Jun 2013, 11:26 AM Reply Like
  • VinceN@BC
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    I am a local, Our politics in BC is a win with our recent Pro business government in the Province being re-elected. The actual proposal for twinning (Larger Capacity) from Kinder -Morgan has not been brought to view before the government. So it is being passed around by the media. No government here fell because of Enbridge pipeline debate or other energy policy. It looks like the feds (the PM ) are the final say in what goes through the country side. The province isn't mandated to stop shipment of product if conditions of safety, ecology and economics are
    met. I expect the oil to flow eventually, I guess you could say I'm long.


    11 Jun 2013, 12:00 AM Reply Like
  • jack20
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    Vince: Thank you for your thoughtful post. I just answered another post from a BC resident who is against any pipeline period. He cites the 100 5+ earthquakes off your coast. I asked him how many caused TM to leak? As a U.S. guy I am disgusted how Keystone has been handled. It is an insult to Canada. Mr. Harper and PMs from Alberta/BC should get together quietly and show the U.S. that Canada will not be held hostage to Keystone. Canada is losing jobs, balance of payments, and tax revenues solely due to our "brittle brain" energy policy!! Thats my 2 cents worth.
    12 Jun 2013, 08:23 AM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    I too am a BC resident. Leaving to one side the relative merits of the Gateway proposal of Enbridge and focusing solely upon whether the Federal Government could fully authorize the completion of this project if, in the final analysis, the BC Government was resolutely opposed to this project proceeding:
    1. The Federal Government does have the capacity under the Canadian constitution to declare this project a work in the national interest. The effect of doing so would give the Federal Government legislative capacity to override all possible impediments a Province could mount to such a 'work'.
    2. Only by exercising this power of declaration (which has not been done for many decades) could all impediments available to the BC Government be removed (i.e. There are many ancillary matters - BC owned land and facilities, control over transportation of goods over BC roads, approval of work crew facilities during construction etc. etc. - that would require approval under Provincial law to facilitate construction).
    3. The Provinces generally, including Alberta, would be strongly opposed to such a unilateral exercise of Federal Government power, particularly given that this has not been done, I believe, since around WW II. Some would argue that this would constitute a constitutional crisis of the first order.
    4. In short, this matter will not be resolved by unilateral Federal Government action.
    12 Jun 2013, 02:11 PM Reply Like
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