Friday afternoon roundup
August 3rd, 2012 | By: Jamie Ellerton
There has been a lot of news this week, so I thought I’d compile some weekend reading for our loyal blog readers with a Friday afternoon roundup. Thank you for your continued support of the work EthicalOil.org is doing. We couldn’t do it without you!
Northern Gateway Pipeline: The Canadian Press is reporting this afternoon that the Federal Government, acting on recent changes made in this year’s Federal budget, set a deadline for the Northern Gateway Pipeline project’s environmental assessment and report from the NEB to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013.
Ethical oil coming to gas pumps in Ontario: Back in May EthicalOil.org released a radio ad to raise awareness of the opportunity to bring Canadian oil to Ontario and lessen our reliance on conflict oil from OPEC’s tyrants. GREAT NEWS! The National Energy Board approved Enbridge Inc’s application to reverse a portion of the Line 9 pipeline that will bring Canadian oil to Westover, Ontario (just outside of Hamilton). The reversal will bring up to 50 000 barrels of Canadian oil per day to the Imperial Oil refinery in Nanticoke and, most importantly, means Canadians east of Manitoba will be consuming more ethical oil and importing less conflict oil from places like Saudi Arabia and Algeria.
The reversal to bring Canadian oil to eastern Canada was supported by Thomas Mulcair, Elizabeth May and the federal government. Canada’s Building Trades Union also publicly applauded the decision. Robert Blakely, the Building Trades Unions Director of Canadian Affairs said “Keeping our natural resources moving securely within Canada means more jobs for Canadian workers and better security for those who are already employed.”
Keep following the news as it relates to Line 9 as Enbridge has announced their intention to reverse the flow of the pipeline so that Canadian oil can be shipped all the way to Montreal. Suncor and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada support bringing Canadian oil to Quebec.
Pipeline Safety: With all the news of late regarding pipeline safety, Enbridge President Al Monaco responded to critics with an open letter the Facts About Pipelines. In it Monaco states “Over the last decade we’ve (Enbridge Inc.) transported almost 12 billion barrels of crude oil with a safe delivery record better than 99.999 per cent. That’s good, but for us, it’s not good enough. We will never stop striving for 100 per cent.”
One of EthicalOil.org’s Facebook fans also posted this US Department of Transportation FAQ on pipeline safety.
Have a good weekend!