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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/northern-gateway-pipeline-recommended-for-federal-approval-with-conditions-1.2470465


Northern Gateway pipeline recommended for federal approval, with conditions
Joint review panel says project in best interest of Canadians

CBC News Posted: Dec 19, 2013 1:08 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 19, 2013 3:36 PM MT


A joint review panel has recommended the federal government approve Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project.

The approval hinges on 209 required conditions, including developing a marine mammal protection plan, researching heavy oil cleanup and conducting emergency response exercises.

"After weighing the evidence, we concluded that Canada and Canadians would be better off with the Enbridge Northern Gateway project," said the panel in its report.

The recommendation comes after 180 days of hearings in 21 communities in B.C. and Alberta.

The final decision, however, rests with the federal government, which has 180 days to decide. The government can approve or deny the application, but cannot change the conditions put forward by the panel.

However, it can request the National Energy Board to change the conditions.

The $7.9-billion pipeline would take bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to the B.C. coast for tanker export to Asia. But the controversial proposal has pitted Calgary-based Enbridge against environmental groups and several First Nations.

The pipeline has also been a lightning rod in the debate over climate change and has raised concerns about the effects an oil spill would have on environmentally sensitive areas along the B.C. coast.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's office issued a statement after the approval, writing that the project would not be approved by the government unless it is safe for Canadians and the environment.

“The panel’s report represents a rigorous, open and comprehensive science-based assessment,” reads the statement.

“Now that we have received the report, we will thoroughly review it, consult with affected aboriginal groups and then make our decision. We also encourage everyone with an interest to take the time and review the report.”

The report issued today said while impacts of a large oil spill would be huge, the panel believes the conditions put on the project will help implement appropriate and effective spill prevention measures.

The panel was established in December 2009 by the National Energy Board and the federal environment minister. Its task was to assess the environmental, social and economic effects from construction and operation of the pipeline.

The B.C. government had told the panel it did not support the pipeline as proposed, and more than 130 aboriginal bands signed a declaration against the project.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford had said she hoped the panel would endorse the proposed pipeline as her province strives to diversify market access for the oilsands.

Both the federal NDP and Liberals have voiced opposition to the project.

Enbridge says construction could start in 2014 and be completed by 2018.
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Canadian alternative to Keystone, right?

The US should want Keystone for National Security reasons, if for no other reasons.

Not to mention jobs, fees and taxes income to govt. entities, etc.
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Obama will impose sufficiently onerous conditions that the project ultimately fails; that way, Obama can lay the blame on the company and claim that it was their greed, not his conditions, that caused the project to fail.

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Obama will impose sufficiently onerous conditions that the project ultimately fails; that way, Obama can lay the blame on the company and claim that it was their greed, not his conditions, that caused the project to fail.

Obama has no say in this, they are going to run the pipeline that was supposed to go south into the USA to the west coast of Canada and ship the oil to China instead.
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Obama has no say in this, they are going to run the pipeline that was supposed to go south into the USA to the west coast of Canada and ship the oil to China instead.

Fair enough; I must have misread.  So let's change it to a hypothetical, that Obama would - if he could - etc...

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Fair enough; I must have misread.  So let's change it to a hypothetical, that Obama would - if he could - etc...
This is an excellent campaign issue to throw up against ALL DEMOCRATS, for what their Potus and their party members did, to piss away American jobs, energy security.

Major issues to make the dems own in Nov. 2014:

--Obama(mis)care
--Keystone pipeline
--Foreign policy failures, like dead Americans in Libya

And a  couple more, but keep the list short enough that candidates can be expected to know the material. And if they cannot stay on message, boot them in the primary.
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This is an excellent campaign issue to throw up against ALL DEMOCRATS, for what their Potus and their party members did, to piss away American jobs, energy security.

Major issues to make the dems own in Nov. 2014:

--Obama(mis)care
--Keystone pipeline
--Foreign policy failures, like dead Americans in Libya

And a  couple more, but keep the list short enough that candidates can be expected to know the material. And if they cannot stay on message, boot them in the primary.


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