While everyone is celebrating two no-brainer pipeline approvals, I’m going to bring you a local’s take on the cancellation of the Northern Gateway Pipeline project which would have started in my community. I am that local.
The Northern Gateway Pipeline would have moved oil from Bruderheim, Alberta to a port in Kitimat, BC and then to Asian markets.
That pipeline, unlike the other two approvals-Line 3 and the Kinder Morgan expansion- would have actually done something to diversify Canada’s customer base and assured us a future market for our oil as the US becomes less dependant on Canada for their energy needs.
It is more important now than ever to approve a pipeline to take oil to Asia. And even though Northern Gateway passed all the regulatory and environmental hurdles, it was vetoed by Trudeau the same way Obama blocked Keystone XL; for purely political reasons.
The Liberals cancelled this pipeline to satiate their liberal base outside of Alberta.
Bruderheim is a sacrifice community. They won’t vote Liberal. They will never vote Liberal. The Liberals have nothing to lose by trading our jobs and our livelihoods, and our children's futures, to make a potential liberal voter somewhere else happy.
We wanted this pipeline. We needed this pipeline. We needed these jobs.
Instead, we got more of the Liberal's war on small town Alberta.