Vancouver Sun -- Oilsands Trouble in B.C.,
January 21st, 2010
Debate about the always-controversial oilsands is shifting to B.C. with plans under way for a pipeline to transport the resource from northern Alberta to a port in Kitimat, B.C. for potential tanker shipment to markets both in the U.S. and Asia.
The project, by Enbridge Inc., is called the Northern Gateway Project. It proposes a 1,170-kilometre multi-billion-dollar pipeline by 2015 that would create 4,000 jobs during a three-year construction phase, plus long-term operational jobs — and, according to Enbridge's website, “hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues over the life of the project.”
Both from an economic and policy perspective, it's considered crucial. That's because such a pipeline would give Canada more options for selling the black stuff as pressure mounts from environmentalists urging the Americans to curtail their purchase of polluting products.