Human wall shouldn’t stop Enbridge project: federal minister

  • Dec. 14, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Civil disobedience by environmentalists and First Nations shouldn’t stop development of Canada’s oil sands resources, federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said last week. In an interview in the Vancouver Sun, Mr. Oliver said the Enbridge pipeline proposal shouldn’t be held hostage to protesters who have threatened to form a human wall to stop it. In the interview, he was asked about Haida concerns, and said “I think there have to be ways to make it in their interest. And there has to also be a convincing and factually correct story about safety. The pipelines themselves are the safest form of transportation, technology is improving the safety of tankers, double hulls and all this sort of thing, and the regulators of course are going to be looking at that, to make sure we’re dealing with the highest available forms of technology, to make sure this is as safe as possible”. The review panel looking at the project will be on Haida Gwaii in February.

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