Canada’s Natural Resource Minister, Jim Carr, doesn’t seem to want to see the Keystone XL pipeline built judging by comments he made in a CBC interview so it appears our government is just another road block in getting the pipeline up and running, but there’s more.
Not only won’t the Liberals lobby for Keystone but both they and the Alberta NDP have stacked their review panels with anti-Keystone XL activists.
Environmental Defence has publicly stated they’re against Keystone XL yet their Executive Director Tim Gray was hired on a panel by the Alberta NDP government to make decisions regarding the oil industry.
Friends of the Greenbelt gave Environmental Defence $150K back in September of 2015 and lawyer Rod Northey is a former chair of that foundation.
Why is he important? Well, the Liberals took a page out of the NDP’s playbook and hired their activist pal to sit on a panel that will, they claim, improve the National Energy Board’s environmental review process, and the NEB is a body that helps in decision making on energy projects in Canada.
Other countries filling our market space will be light years ahead of us before pipelines like TransMountain are even built. We have one client in the U.S. that’s become our competitor.
Without the immediate go ahead on these projects, the nail is in the coffin and the Canadian oil and gas industry is dead.