There is speculation that we could hear from the federal government Tuesday on a few pipelines that will transport Alberta crude.
Mayor Don Iveson was in Vancouver Monday, speaking to that city’s Board of Trade about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion. Some of the strongest opposition is coming from First Nations in BC, and from Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
Iveson argued that transporting oil and protecting the environment don’t have to come at odds with one another.
“I know we can strike a reasonable accord between safely reaching new energy export markets, while also achieving national, provincial, and local leadership towards reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. We’re doing it today.”
The other pipelines up for consideration from the government are Enbridge’s Line 3 and Northern Gateway projects. The oil that would flow through those lines is, according to Iveson, still the backbone of our economy.
“Let’s be clear, without an economy, a strong economy, as our foundation, we will struggle to build the green future we all desire.”
Iveson said he has faith that the scrutiny put into approving these pipelines means that they’re going to be safe.
“The rigor with which the National Energy Board has considered and is considering pipelines is quite appropriate. Placing dozens or even hundreds of conditions on approvals ensures that we’re talking about the best energy infrastructure being built anywhere in the world.”
The deadline for making a decision on Trans Mountain is Dec. 19, while decision day for the two Enbridge projects was back on Nov. 25. (kdr, cknw)