PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – In pushing forward today with his plan for a new Provincial Crown Corporation, to build and operate a crude-oil pipeline across British Columbia, Provincial Conservative Party leadership candidate Dan Brooks said, one of the strongest support arguments for the proposal is, it would not require approval from the federal government’s National Energy Board.
Mr. Brooks contends, “The National Energy Board does not have jurisdiction over a pipeline entirely within our province’s borders,” and he adds, “My proposal for a Made-in-B-C pipeline ensures that we can avoid the costly bureaucratic delays and political interference associated with National Energy Board Applications.”
He goes on to argue NEB hearings into both the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway pipeline construction and Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion have taken years to conduct, and despite being found to be in Canada’s best public and economic interests neither project is yet underway.
Specifically he notes Kinder Morgan’s application went to the NEB three years before the analysis and public hearings were concluded in May of this year, and then the Trudeau government, “Promptly ordered yet another round of redundant hearings to give pipeline opponents more time to complain, thereby delaying construction even further.”
Meantime, he also notes it took the Northern Gateway project even longer to navigate its way through federal government bureaucracy, and in this case the process began in 2006 before final approval was given in June of 2014.
He also notes, “Justin Trudeau greeted that positive decision with a declaration that he would over-turn it, and then the federal Court of Appeal did exactly that in June of this year.”
So Mr. Brooks concludes, while construction of a new pipeline to get Canadian oil to Asian markets can be accomplished quickly, the fact is it won’t happen unless we minimize Ottawa’s involvement in the process…and he says, “My proposal for a new BC Energy Pipeline Corporation does exactly that.”
Once again we note, the provincial Tories will hold their leadership convention in Prince George on September 16th and 17th, with the winner hoping to eventually form the first Conservative Party majority government in this province, since 1928.