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Gateway Pipeline: B.C. Premier Says Risks Outweigh Benefits

Source:  Copyright 2012, Globe and Mail
Date:  July 22, 2012
Byline:  Karen Howlett and Bill Curry
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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is warning that the environmental risks associated with a plan to sell Canadian oil to Asia through the Northern Gateway pipeline outweigh the economic benefits, leaving her at odds with the federal and Alberta governments.

Ms. Clark conveyed her concerns about the project during a series of high-level meetings, beginning with a telephone call to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday. She met face-to-face the same day with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall in Saskatoon and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in Edmonton.

Ms. Clark gave them a heads-up on changes her government is seeking, before Canada's 13 provincial and territorial leaders meet this week in Halifax, where the pipeline project will be on the agenda, her press secretary, Michael Morton, told The Globe and Mail.

Until now, Ms. Clark has not taken a stand on the project.

The proposed $5.5-billion pipeline plays a key role in Mr. ...

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