Enbridge says they welcome the feedback from the BC Government about what is needed for the project to proceed.
“We wish to reiterate our commitment to working with governments, including BC, in determining what we can do to further address concerns and to engaging in a dialogue to ensure full understanding of the assessments of risk, the many safety and environmental protection measures in the plan as well as the benefits that would come with the project,” said Todd Nogier, Manager of Corporate and Western Access Communications.
“Enbridge will also continue to reach out and encourage conversation with British Columbians about the project through our website and blogs, community meetings and conversations. We have devoted much effort and resources into consultations with communities, First Nations, and Métis, having already held more than 2,500 public meetings, 120 open houses, 150 presentations and 65 economic development workshops to date. Through that outreach, we’ve met directly with some 17,000 people. We want to continue to encourage conversation about the project.”
As for the issue of economic benefit balancing the risks associated with shipping the bitumen through BC waters, Enbridge said that shouldn’t be a concern.
“This project will bring real and tangible benefits to the communities and Aboriginal groups along the proposed route, and to the province of British Columbia as a whole,” said Nogier.
“The Northern Gateway Project is a Canadian imperative, enabling our country to unlock its energy trade dependence upon a single market in order to gain access to the fastest growing demand economies in the world. This is a key economic pillar that will serve all Canadians for generations to come.”