[R-G] Oil pipeline proposed near FSJ
mstainsby at resist.ca
Mon Aug 29 15:18:26 MDT 2005
Introductory rant by Macdonald Stainsby
This closes the ring on the destruction of Dene Land, environmental
devastation in Denendeh & separately (but connected) north "Alberta"
with the disastrous tar sands oil project near Fort MacMurray, and now
through unceded lands in "BC". It's all connected, just follow the
Oil pipeline proposed near FSJ
A proposed pipeline running from Edmonton to a new marine
terminal on the West Coast would run just south of Fort St. James.
Company officials from Enbridge Inc. were unable to give the
Courier details about how close the pipeline would be to the town by
The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) has raised some concerns
about the pipeline.
"The Chiefs are unanimous in their decision to call on Patrick
Daniel, Enbridge president and chief executive officer, to forego any
studies this field season unless the company is willing to complete
negotiations with the tribal council on a statement of understanding,"
Tribal Chief Harry Pierre said in a press release.
CSTC wants a Statement of Understanding in place with Enbridge
that will govern all preliminary activities as they relate to their
interests, including other matters important to an emerging relationship
with the company, the press release went on.
"Although we certainly respect First Nations, at the same time
all the land we're accessing is Crown land," says Enbridge official
Levesque says the company has begun very preliminary field
studies. "We're gathering data to determine the best possible route," he
District of Fort St. James mayor Jim Togyi is reserving his
judgment on the pipeline.
"I can't comment until I know what it's about."
Togyi says the company readily agreed to come talk to council and
hopes it will happen sometime early in September.
Levesque, vice-president for public and government affairs at
Enbridge, says the company has been planning the pipeline for quite a
"We're committed to opening secondary markets for Canada's
oilsands," Levesque said.
The oilsands in Alberta's north are expected to dramatically
increase their output in the next five years.
The pipeline would deliver oil to tankers on the coast and bring
condensate - used to dilute heavy oil - to Edmonton.
Both pipes would be buried Levesque said.
Enbridge is working to ensure communities would benefit from the
He said 2,000 temporary jobs would be created during the project,
and the company would work to involve local communities.
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In the contradiction lies the hope
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