One expert on the oil industry is wondering why anti-pipeline advocates are dominating the conversation over Energy East and other projects.
Last Friday, the National Energy Board hearings into the Alberta to New Brunswick pipeline ground to a halt when three panellists recused themselves over complants.
Markham Hislop, publisher of The American Energy News, says this is partly a result of “Keystoning,” the blitzkrieg tactics anti-pipeline advocates succesfully used to halt the Keystone XL pipeline.
Hislop tells 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen wonders why there’s no pushback from industry to the very vocal anti-pipeline activitists.
“CAPP, the Association of Petroleum Producers, CEPA, the Association of Energy Pipelines, why do we not hear from them?” He asks. “Why are they not down in the trenches, like they are in the U.S., fighting with the eco-activists and presenting another alternative, presenting industry’s point of view to middle of the ground Canadians?”
Hislop says the oil industry currently has a big problem as the capacity in existing pipelines runs out, and the industry stands to lose big if something doesn’t change.
“I don’t have any problem supporting pipelines,” he says. “If it’s economic, we have every right to exploit that resource, and look at what it’s done for the Alberta and Canadian economies over the past ten, fifteen years as it’s ramped up expansion.” (scb)