Doubts about Northern Gateway in two capitals

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As decision day approached, B.C. Premier Christy Clark voiced a standard response to the prospect that the federal government would grant conditional approval to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline: “Our conditions are not changing and they have not been met.”

Ottawa had its 209 conditions, set out last December in the review of the project by the Nation Energy Board. But back in July 2012, Clark defined five conditions that would have to be met before the B.C. government would support the pipeline or any other project to move heavy oil across the province by pipeline or by tanker along the West Coast…

The provincial government is a junior partner in some of the approval processes for the project. Conditions 112 through 115 oblige the company to confirm, prior to the start of construction, “that it has obtained all of the required archaeological and heritage resource permits and clearances … from the B.C. Ministry Of Forests, Lands And Natural Resource Operations.”

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Vaughn Palmer – Vancouver Sun – June 17, 2014.

 

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