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Canada: British Columbia demands fair share of pipeline revenue, sparking showdown with Alberta

Redford rebuffs B.C. demands for Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline Read more:

Source:  Copyright 2012, Vancouver Sun
Date:  July 24, 2012
Byline:  Jonathan Fowlie
Original URL: Status ONLINE
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British Columbia will not even consider the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline unless the province gets a much greater share of the economic benefits, Environment Minister Terry Lake announced Monday.

“British Columbians are fair and reasonable but they have to have confidence that a fair share of benefits would come to this province before we would consider supporting any such proposal,” Lake told reporters.

The announcement came as the B.C. government unveiled five requirements that must be in place before it will consider supporting any new heavy oil pipeline.

Those include the project needing to pass environmental review, the need for better capacity to manage land- and marine-based spills, proper engagement with first nations and the requirement for B.C. to get a larger share of the economic benefits.

The new position sparked a showdown Monday between B.C. and Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who lashed out at the demand for ...

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