Northern Gateway Pipeline

Few issues facing Edmontonians and Albertans are attracting as much attention as the Oil Sands and the proposed expansion of their exploitation. With the planned Northern Gateway Pipeline pumping bitumen west from the Capital Region, we believe it is essential that we increase the dialogue about such a massive project in Edmonton.

The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines is a project to build a twin pipeline from Bruderheim, Alberta, to Kitimat, British Columbia. The eastbound pipeline would import natural gas condensate and the westbound pipeline would export diluted bitumen from the Athabasca oil sands to the marine terminal in Kitimat for transportation to the Asian markets by oil tankers. The project would also include terminal facilities with "integrated marine infrastructure at tidewater to accommodate loading and unloading of oil and condensate tankers, and marine transportation of oil and condensate."[1] The project was proposed in mid-2000s and has been postponed several times. The project would be developed by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian crude oil and liquids pipeline company.

Enbridge claims that the pipeline and terminal, if completed, would provide 104 permanent operating positions created within the company and 113 positions with the associated marine services.[2] First Nations groups, many municipalities, including the Union of BC Municipalities, environmentalists and oil sands opponents, among others, denounce the project because of the environmental, economic, social and cultural risks posed by the pipeline. Proponents argue the pipeline would instead provide aboriginal groups with equity ownership, training, employment, Community Trust and stewardship programs.

The proposal has been heavily criticized by native groups.[3] Groups like the Yinka Dene Alliance have been organized to campaign against the project. In December 2010, 66 First Nations bands in British Columbia, including many along the proposed pipeline route, signed the Save The Fraser Declaration in opposition to the project, and 40 more have signed up in support since that time.[4] The proposal is also opposed by numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs), citing previous spills [5] and concerns over oil sands expansion and the associated risks in transportation.

Visit these websites to learn more about the Northern Gateway Pipeline, and the opinions of people along the route:

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