Canadian PM Reiterates Opposition To Enbridge Pipeline Route

Reuters

MONTREAL, July 5 (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to the route of Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway oil pipeline, casting further doubt on the prospects of a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists.

Canada's former Conservative government had approved Northern Gateway, which would carryoil from the Alberta oil sands to a port in British Columbia for export.

But Trudeau, elected last year, has said he opposed the pipeline. His Liberal government has promised a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the coast of northern British Columbia, a policy seen making the pipeline unfeasible.

"On the Northern Gateway pipeline, I've said many times, the Great Bear Rainforest is no place for a crude oil pipeline," he told reporters in Montreal on Tuesday.

His comments come after a Canadian court last month overturned federal approval of the project, sending it back to Trudeau's cabinet to reconsider.

After the court decision, Calgary-based Enbridge had said that it remained "fully committed" to building the pipeline and that it was working with partners to determine the next steps.

(Writing by Jeffrey Hodgson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Phil Berlowitz)

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g.dyck | Jul. 6, 2016
Like father like son! The father gave us the NEP that damaged the West's energy industry and now the son is doing the same thing in his own way. The prime minister forgets how important the energy industry is not just in the form of major tax revenue but also employment. If the energy industry shed a lot of jobs and investment not only does the West suffer but all those people working in Alberta from the East coast would end up back home making $15.00 an hour versus $30 plus in Alberta. Maybe he should think about that, when the Maritimes comes looking for hand-outs!


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