BC, Alberta Clash Over Enbridge
Clark Government sets conditions for support of Northern Gateway
B-C and Alberta are clashing over revenue sharing from Enbridge's Northern Gateway project.
Yesterday, the B-C government spelled out the conditions that must be met before the Clark government would support the controversial Edmonton-to-Kitimat pipeline project.
Environment minister Terry Lake said the 6.7 billion dollars in tax revenue expected from the Northern Gateway pipeline isn't enough when compared with the risk. He said "given that BC will shoulder 100 per cent of the marine risk and a significant portion of the land-based risk, we do not feel the current approach to sharing these benefits is appropriate."
But Alberta Premier Alison Redford -- who was born in Kitimat -- says B-C can forget any idea of more money. And her intergovernmental affairs minister said there could be constitutional issues if Alberta were to pay B-C for its support for the pipeline.
The B-C Liberals also say Enbridge has to give better assurances the project is environmentally safe -- and that more is done to bring First Nations onside.
Aboriginal Relations Minister Mary Polak said the Joint Review Panel hearings currently underway have shown virtually no First Nations support for the project.
"We're not aware of any first nation in British Columbia that's taken a positive supportive position of the Enbridge proposal at this stage," said Polak, adding "if one looks at the JRP hearings, about 97 per cent -- and that's around 174 First Nations speakers that made presentations -- expressed opposition to the project -- and of the remainer, five made procedural arguments and one didn't state a position."
Enbridge has claimed that about 60 per cent of B-C First Nations have signed equity agreements with the company.