The Northern Gateway: what the National Energy Board didn’t consider!

The pre-announcement statements from Conservative Politicians show that Federal Cabinet approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline is a certainty.  Yet a fundamental issue may undermine the legal foundation for Cabinet approval. Did the National Energy Board (NEB) properly discharge its mandate to review the full environmental effects of the Northern Gateway Pipeline?    4RG Contributor Hugh Robertson … Read more

A real negative! National Energy Board approves Northern Gateway Pipeline

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:

  1. the increase in Canada’s GHG emissions that will result from the exploitation of the tar sands;
  2. the contribution to world GHG levels when China,  Japan and probably India receive, refine and burn the bitumen to produce electricity;
  3. 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.

Read moreA real negative! National Energy Board approves Northern Gateway Pipeline

Line 9 key issue at Guelph Climate Change Forum

The big issue at the Guelph Climate Change Forum was Enbridge’s application to the National Energy Board to reverse a section of its Line 9 pipeline between Montreal with Sarnia.  This line traverses many watersheds that flow into Lake Ontario.  A rupture such as happened with Enbridge’s line at Kalamazoo, Michigan, would have a serious impact on the water supply for numerous Ontario towns. Environmental groups have expressed their opposition to this reversal, focusing on the risks of converting this 38 year old pipeline into the preferred means of transport of dilbit (diluted bitumen) to new markets.

Candidates for three of the four major Ontario Political parties (Guelph riding) set out the position of their party on this issue.

Read moreLine 9 key issue at Guelph Climate Change Forum

An Epiphany about the Tar Sands

The Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel hearings in Prince Rupert wrapped up Saturday.  After further hearings this three-personal Panel will make a recommendation to  the National Energy Board whether the Board should approve  the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  This new pipeline will take Tar Sands bitumen to to a new marine terminal at Kitimat, where it will be … Read more

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