Northern Gateway says even though it’s not appealing a court ruling that quashed Ottawa’s 2014 approval of the Alberta to B.C. pipeline, it’s not throwing in the towel yet.
John Carruthers, President of Northern Gateway, says the fate of the $7.9 billion project still rests with the federal Cabinet.
“First Nation Metis partnerships are a high priority for this government so we think all in, there is a path forward that would meet all of the objectives that we’re seeking.”
Carruthers says the proponent has already spend $600 million on the approval process.
He’s asked if pipeline politics makes it an uphill battle, as the federal Liberal party ran on a campaign promise to issue a moratorium on tanker traffic.
“It is challenging but the government has talked about the importance of market access for our energy projects and the need to do it in an environmentally responsible way.”
The project would involve the construction of more than a thousand kilometres of pipeline from northeast of Edmonton to Kitimat for shipping to international markets.
The pipeline proposal has been in the making for more than a decade.