Northern Gateway pipeline hearings resume
A mock up depicts the container port planned by Enbridge for the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:27AM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:29AM MST
Hearings on the proposed pipeline that would shuttle Alberta oil through British Columbia to ports for shipment have now resumed.
The proceedings in Prince Rupert, B.C., are looking into the possibilities of constructing a pipeline through the province.
A conservation group says they are worried about the potential of leaks from ships being loaded with oil off the West Coast.
A lawyer for Natural Canada told the hearings that tankers pose a greater risk with chronic discharges of oily effluent rather than one large oil spill.
Jeff Green, who's responsible for the environmental assessment for the project for Enbridge, agreed and said that's why there's a call for increased enforcement of the law that stops discharges from ships.
But John Carruthers, president of the pipeline project, told the hearing that the project will fully comply with all regulations and laws if a tanker port is set up in Kitimat.
Premier Alison Redford and B.C. Premier Christy Clark met over the issue back in October.
The discussions between the premiers were best described as ‘frosty’.
Clark is standing by her opposition to the pipeline, standing that the environmental impact was not worth the small amount of money the province stands to pocket.
She went further, saying that she may decide to withhold power permits required to build the pipeline.
If the pipeline is approved, about 200 tankers a year would travel up the B.C. coast to take on oil shipped from Alberta and sell it in foreign markets.
With files from CTVNews.ca