Liberals delay announcing fate of Line 3 and Northern Gateway pipelines
- 26 Nov 2016
- Calgary Herald
- PAOLA LORIGGIO
- The Canadian Press
Liberals delay announcing fate of Line 3, Northern Gateway
Ottawa had previously set Friday as its deadline to rule on the projects
We’ve seen in the U.S. the president-elect is clearly going to be going in the direction of building pipelines.
The federal environment minister touted oil and gas as “essential bridges” to a low-carbon economy Friday even as the government delayed announcing the fate of two pipeline projects.
Catherine McKenna, who was speaking at an event hosted by the Toronto Board Region of Trade, said the government wasn’t ready to make an announcement about Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement and the Northern Gateway pipeline, saying only that a decision would be made public “shortly.”
The government had previously set Friday as its deadline to rule on the projects, and the delay drew criticism from those who would like to see the pipelines approved.
“We want to see pipelines built, they create jobs,” Conservative House leader Candice Bergen told reporters Friday on Parliament Hill.
“They help get our natural resources to market. They help keep us competitive. We’ve seen in the U.S. the president-elect is clearly going to be going in the direction of building pipelines and more natural resources infrastructure. So we are big supporters of seeing pipelines built. But the Liberals, it’s almost like it’s an afterthought for them, if even that.”
“They told proponents, they gave their guarantee, that there would be a decision today. There’s no word from the Liberals, so that’s very concerning.”
McKenna would not discuss government deliberations on the proposals but said every project goes through a “robust” environmental assessment and consultation process.