Kinder Morgan president: Harper’s heavy-handed tactics hampering pipelines
Read this Oct. 17 story from The Vancouver Observer on comments made by Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson to a business crowd in Calagary, criticizing the Harper government’s ham-fisted intervention in pipeline politics.
Ian Anderson, speaking in Calgary two nights ago, said he wishes federal Minister Joe Oliver hadn’t attacked opponents of British Columbia’s two proposed pipeline projects as “foreign radicals”. He wishes Oliver hadn’t attacked them at all, in fact.
That’s what the Calgary Herald reported yesterday about a talk Anderson gave to a “business audience” in the headquarters of Canada’s gas and oil industry.
Saying that he wasn’t a “huge supporter of how actively the federal government was a year or two ago in promoting pipeline projects for its interests and taking on some of the opposers,” he said that although the government has a role in regulating the industry, “I don’t need them fanning the flames… making the grassroots opposition any worse that it might already be.”
Anderson also said that Mayor Gregor Robertson had refused to meet with him about the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
If the Kinder Morgan proposal goes through, it will increase oil tanker traffic to its Burnaby terminal seven-fold, GlobalBC reported this week.