The Canadian Association for Oilwell Drilling Contractors says Canadians need to have more confidence in the pipeline regulatory process.
This after the National Energy Board recommended the approval of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline from Alberta to BC.
But before Ottawa can approve it, there’s yet another consultation process to vet the project; something CAODC President Mark Scholz says is just not necessary.
“The Federal Government has added additional barriers to seeing an actual pipeline get built here” Scholz says, “with the addition of a panel that’s going to be doing further consultation which we feel is already embedded in our national institutions through the National Energy Board.”
Scholz says there are already 157 very reasonable conditions Kinder Morgan must meet, and they include environmental and safety requirements.
And, Scholz adds, this additional review won’t convince the critics anyway.
“We live in a democracy and we’re always going to have individuals that certainly don’t support projects regardless of what the facts show.” he says. “But one thing that Canadians can have genuine confidence in is that we have the best regulatory systems of anywhere else in the world.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet is expected to make a decision on TransMountain project by the end of the year. (ms)