The Province: bureaucrats say $5.5bn pipeline to BC coast not needed

According to the report in the newspaper senior bureaucrats have told the federal government that the controversial pipeline that would stretch for 1,170km from Brudenheim in Alberta to a new marine terminal at Kitimat in northern British Columbia, offers export capacity that the industry does not need.

Last week Stephen Wuori, Enbridge’s president for Liquids Pipelines, vigorously defended the project saying that given that currently 99% of Canada’s $50bn/year exports went to the US, the industry needs to diversify and supply the energy-hungry economies of the Pacific Rim.

Mike De Souza of Postmedia News wrote on Friday:

“That conclusion [that the pipeline is not needed] is among a series of revelations about federal activity in recent months surrounding an ongoing environmental evaluation of the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway project proposed by Alberta’s Enbridge, which has argued for its strategic importance.”

Malcolm Baxter of the Kitimat Northern Sentinel reported earlier:

“Stephen Wuori, Enbridge’s president for Liquids Pipelines, last week issued a call to fight back against the “rumour, misinformation and myth” being circulated by opponents of the energy industry.”

There was no doubt that Northern Gateway, by diversifying the market, will be a game changer for Canada by making it a price maker rather than “a land-locked, single-customer price-taker.”

Map supplied by Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines. The pipeline will have the capacity to export approximately 525,000 barrels of oil per day and import approximately 193,000 barrels of condensate a day. The pipelines will be buried at a depth of one metre in a
25-metre wide right-of-way. The Kitimat Marine Terminal will include two ship berths and 14 tanks for oil and condensate, which thins heavier oil products.

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