We await this STUDY –or must we rely on lady luck..
The Enbridge application was incomplete and should’ve been sent back for reworking. How will the 209 CONDITIONS be dealt with…likely ,with little public involvement !
1..Why weren’t quality pipe liners invited to COMPETE for this multi-billion dollar ‘opportunity’ ?
2. With just one applicant the NEB should solicit, independently ,world expert opinions to weigh against the proponent’s material.
3.The NEB intervention rules appear to minimize substantive public involvement .
4. Mr. Harper has hinted that he will declare this project in the National interest –so why bother with the NEB charade ?
Now comes the Kinder Morgan NEB public hearing…expect similar ‘rigorous’ analysis !
What to do ?
There is a simple plan—with perhaps the only chance of success..Let PM Harper direct Enbridge and Kinder Morgan to combine their pipeline systems in a corridor from Alberta to a bitumen terminal at Port Simpson…..which provides access to world markets and minimizes the probability of ocean bitumen spills .
Our civic leaders might consider putting together a ‘blue ribbon committee’ to convince the National and Provincial leaders that this approach could help us to get Alberta bitumen to market..quickly and sensibly..