While environmental groups and First Nations criticized the Harper government for approving the Northern gateway pipeline, the provinces industrial heartland has a different take.
Not surprisingly it wants the pipeline to satisfy the 209 conditions and get the go ahead to start building.
The Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA), Neil Shelly, told the Sherwood Park News, oilsands production will double to more than four million barrels per day, and grow to five or six million within the next decade.
“A large portion of that is going to have to be exported in a raw form and we’re going to have to need export pipelines like the Keystone XL, Energy East and the Northern Gateway pipeline to support that type of development,” Shelly explained.
“In addition to that, there will be several companies that will be looking to utilize that pipeline, and so the best place to locate will be in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland,” said Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jacquie Fenske.
(source: Sherwood Park News)