Linda Solomon Wood
Really? Feds plans to drop $100 M on Enbridge infrastructure before the pipeline's been approved?
That's what Elizabeth May and Andrew Weaver, said this morning in a press conference, citing Environment Canada documents they said show that the Harper government is spending more than $100 million on infrastructure to support the proposed Enbridge pipeline, before it's even been approved.
“Documents obtained from Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans reveal that at a time when core science is being cut across the Government of Canada, tax dollars are being spent to do Enbridge’s homework for them,” said Andrew Weaver, the Green Party MLA from Victoria.
The Federal Government is moving forward over the next two years with a $100 million plus, ‘Complementary Measures Project’ (now called ‘World Class’) to research and model the complex waterways in the Kitimat and Hecate Strait region.
"In essence this is a federal government subsidy to the Northern Gateway Project, as they are unable to satisfy basic safety, environmental and regulatory requirements. In fact documents from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans identified that: “Behaviour models specific to dilbit (diluted bitumen) spills do not exist, and existing commercial models for conventional oil do not allow parameter specific modifications," Weaver said.
The funds are being spent to do Enbridge's homework for them, May, the federal Green Party's leader, said.
May said Enbridge didn't do the research on dilbit, so the government is doing it for them. Other money is operational and represents an investment in better weather forecasting for navigational routes for oil tankers that don't exist yet, May said.
To build the infrastructure for supertanker routes that are currently not used for oil tankers represents jumping the gun, May said. She said she was shocked by this.
Hectare Straight one of the most hazardous bodies of water, according to Environment Canada, she added.
After listing cuts the feds made last year to spending on science projects throughout Canada, May commented that apparently the Harper administration isn't interested "that kind of science." If you go back to the budget of 2012, you can see what kind of science Harper's interested in, she said, referring to a clause that described projects of interest as "business relevant."
Weaver called on the government of British Columbia to follow through on the concerns they raised in their JRP submission.
He asked that Premier Christy Clark give an emphatic no to the Northern Gateway Project without ‘needless delay’. He said that "given the evidence available today the BC Government should implement an immediate moratorium on heavy oil tankers in BC coastal waters.”
That said, The small group behind this purpose built multi-talented all-commodity infrastructure could really use $100 M right about now....
towards building the railway, not subsidizing pipeline companies for projects that will never get built...
However, this is good for the BC coast in any event, as they could beefup response for spills for all the remaining oil that is currently transported in BC marine waters.....we just keep it at the current low level that it is....
She must not be paying attention.