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Enbridge will likely miss 2018 construction start for Northern Gateway

PostedSeptember 5, 2014 by in Western Canada

Enbridge Northern Gateway construction start likely delayed beyond 2018

Read this Sept. 4 story from the Canadian Press suggesting that Enbridge won’t meet its planned construction start of 2018 for the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

CALGARY — The president of the Northern Gateway pipeline says it’s unlikely the project will start up in 2018 as the company seeks to win over B.C. First Nations groups, many of which remain adamantly opposed to the $7.9-billion project.

“We have stated that the earliest in-service date was 2018. That’s quickly evaporating because we need to have this time to meet with people,” John Carruthers told a Calgary business audience on Thursday.

“I’m not as fussed on what that date is. I’m more fussed on can we have the support we need to go ahead, so it’s positive for all people of Canada, including Aboriginal people?”

“That’s going to take time and it’s going to take the time it takes.”

So far, 26 First Nations groups along the route have signed agreements with Enbridge to take a share of a 10 per cent equity stake in the pipeline that the company had offered. Enbridge is now in talks with other groups about other ways to participate in the project, such as employment and procurement contracts.

“There’s a lot of dialogue with both equity owners and non-equity at this point,” Carruthers told reporters

But many First Nations along the route are vehemently opposed to the pipeline and have said they wouldn’t accept it under any circumstances. Lawsuits could tie the project up in court for years.


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Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.



    Whens the next provincial election? 2018 or 2019? Seems to me if Clark is still around this will be a hotbutton issue.

    K Johansen

    Why would we allow this?
    The oil and gas industry is only responsible for about 0.1% of the revenue in BC and about the same in jobs. We are looking at about 400 transient jobs to build it.
    A pipeline like this + the accompanying tanker traffic would blow up every few years and create ecological disasters in the order of at least tens of millions of dollars (if we are lucky) just to cover the ugly black spot with kitty litter.
    We have seen how Christy Clark, assisted by the Harper government handles the Mount Polley disaster – cutting the mining inspection budget and staff to 1/3, then the open mining inspector posts not being filled for a year, fines in the order of $600 and 3 warnings for overfilling the tailing pond. It ends up breaking and the company has set aside $14M to cover a $1B disaster – with notes it is too little in their own minutes.
    The owner of the mine is a multi billionaire, CC’s political and economic supporter and he pretty much owns Alberta … so who are we helping here?
    They are all getting too cocky for my taste. Only a few days ago, workers from Kinder Morgan were sent home from the SFU reserve on Burnaby mountain – they just walked in to “prospect” for a pipeline they had no permission for yet. Who do they think they are?

    A sensible conclusion is that these people should not be in such dangerous business (or politics) with such a low level of ethics. Or at least clean up after themselves.
    We are not even being compensated for our losses .. other provinces maybe to some extent, but not BC.

    Until I see some responsibility and respect for nature, I am not in any way behind that bad deal. I absolutely abhor the idea that “From Land, Sea and Lake we Prosper”. It’s time to stop being the Irish coal mine child labor and a free playground for cheap and dangerous exploitation of natural resources. We need to concentrate on 2nd and 3rd level production and stop selling out our natural resources for cheap. This happens through EDUCATION, which Christy Clark apparently also is against.


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