A joint review panel has recommended the federal government approveEnbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project, with conditions.
The approval hinges on 209 required conditions, including developing a marine mammal protection plan, researching heavy oil cleanup and conducting emergency response exercises.
The recommendation comes after more than a year of hearings in B.C. and Alberta.
The final decision, however, rests with the federal government, which has 180 days to decide.
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The $6.5-billion pipeline would take bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to the B.C. coast for tanker export to Asia. But the controversial proposal has pitted Calgary-based Enbridge against environmental groups and several First Nations.
The pipeline has also been a lightning rod in the debate over climate change and has raised concerns about the effects an oil spill would have on environmentally sensitive areas along the B.C. coast.
The B.C. government had told the panel it did not support the pipeline as proposed, and more than 130 aboriginal bands signed a declaration against the project.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford had said she hoped the panel would endorse the proposed pipeline as her province strives to diversify market access for the oilsands.
Both the federal NDP and Liberals have voiced opposition to the project.
The first nations groups in this province have not agreed, the people have not approved. This has only been approved because it benefits "all Canadians"
But when asked about the people living on the coast in BC who would be affected in the event of a major spill the panel shuffled papers and kept reading. When asked about the loss of $1.4 billion in salmon and sport fishing the panel ignored the speaker. When asked about the $2.2 billion in tourism revenue lost int he event of a spill the panel kept reading and ignored the speaker.
The Clark government in BC is applauding this. They will receive $40 million a yer $1.2 billion over 30 years.
The Alberta government is applauding this, they will receive $32 billion over 30 years
The federal government is applauding this, they will receive almost $40 billion over 30 years.
The first nations speaker stood up at the end of the hearing and very clearly spoke. If you want a war in the woods we have just been invited to give you one.
As a citizen of BC and Canada I feel lied to betrayed and cheated right now.
The most telling feature from all of this is that under the FIPA/CIPA had this not gone through China and Chinese owned companies operating in canada had the rights to sue BC and the feds for tens of billions in "lost revenue"
Thanks for voting.