We cannot let this approval go unchallenged. Read on to understand the practical consequences of the approval, and how it can be resisted.
After some months of review of the evidence, the National Energy Board (NEB) gave Enbridge the go-ahead to build the Northern Gateway Pipeline. This pipeline will transport tar sands bitumen to a British Colombia port where it will be loaded on super tankers for discharge in the Orient. The approval was subject to fulfilment of 209 conditions, none of which are complex.
The NEB concluded that construction of the Northern Gateway is in the national Canadian interest. The NEB did not address longer term results and their consequences such as:
- the increase in Canada’s GHG emissions that will result from the exploitation of the tar sands;
- the contribution to world GHG levels when China, Japan and probably India receive, refine and burn the bitumen to produce electricity;
- the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground if the world is to meet its target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Centigrade.