Plans for the Northern Gateway pipeline have been in development for over a decade and not surprisingly, the majority of media coverage associated with the proposed infrastructure project is negative.
The project would run from Bruderheim, AB to Kitimat, BC, and include twin pipelines - one carrying bitumen to the west for export by tanker and the other carrying condensate east.
There are obstacles to overcome and the chances of constructing the pipeline look slim despite approval by the National Energy Board (NEB) with 209 conditions. The main issues involve consultations with First Nations and Metis groups, opposition from the federal government and their attempt to impose a tanker ban along with opposition from the provincial government and environmental groups.
I noted that the majority of the mainstream media coverage focus is negative and mostly centres around First Nations groups that oppose the project, but is this true?
Watch as I show you what I discovered when I decided to do some fact checking on the issue.
I’ll tell you about a group that supports Northern Gateway called Aboriginal Equity Partners who find the misconceptions about the pipeline alarming and will also show you that for all of the complaints about the Harper government’s lack of consultation with First Nations, the Liberals are currently failing to consult First Nations and Metis groups on a tanker ban.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. So much for sunny ways, inclusion and transparency.