There’s speculation we will hear an announcement by the Trudeau government tomorrow on three major pipeline proposals.
Environmentalist Ben West says rumours have been swirling.
“There may be a decision on both Enbridge Line 3, Northern Gateway, as well as Kinder Morgan being announced in Alberta tomorrow. At one point we heard there would be a decision today. We also heard rumours there was discussion of this at cabinet a week ago.”
West says, it doesn’t matter when the announcement comes down because, the green light, wouldn’t be the right decision.
West says he’s not surprised rumors are coming from Alberta.
“If I was the government, I probably wouldn’t want to make that announcement in B.C., you’d think out of respect for people and their concerns. But to me, it’s a signal that they are listening more to the desires of the people in Alberta than in British Columbia.”
He says whatever the decision, it’s surely one that is based on politics and not policy.
Last Friday, the Liberal government delayed a decision on Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement and Northern Gateway pipeline.
No is still no
Meanwhile, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says he won’t throw his support behind any pipelines if given the green light.
“The city of Vancouver has been very clear, we don’t accept the pipeline proposal with any conditions. The process to review it by the National Energy Board was flawed and biased. They ignored science, they shut-out voices of people here on the West Coast. There’s no First Nations or local community support here.”
Robertson says he remains hopeful the Trudeau government will consider those concerns ahead of the decision.
But while Robertson may be sticking to his guns, his Edmonton counterpart says “pipelines are the best energy infrastructure built anywhere in the world.”
In Vancouver to speak with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Don Iveson says it’s not a case of him getting something that Robertson doesn’t.
“I wouldn’t put it that way, I mean as I said I think that there is a perspective all around and I just think that if we’re going to talk about risk management, let’s talk about the risk of a continuing-to-underperform Canadian economy,” he said.
Iveson and fellow Alberta “big city” mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary are backing the project.