Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Canadians' views on pipelines divided, but 'social licence' gives opening to Liberals


The decision by the Liberal government to approve the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines while dismissing the application for Northern Gateway has the potential to be a divisive move, particularly in British Columbia where opposition to the pipelines is highest.

But polls have suggested Canadians are moderately in favour of the construction of new pipelines — and that the "social licence" the prime minister has looked for can be a big factor in getting more Canadians on board.

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9 comments:

  1. You can't leave resources in the ground !!
    This is the best compromise so far and we hope Trump does approve Keystone !!

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    1. The real problem is that pipelines to the US do not really help Canadian oil escape the 30% discount or so it suffers from since it cannot market outside of the US....Keystone won't solve that problem but it is likely easier to build than others...

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    2. Carl,
      Since the decision in the US in December 2015 to repeal the export ban on petroleum, the spread between WTI and Brent crude has returned to “normal” of a few dollars. Today, specifically, the spread is around $2.90 or 5.6%. One key thing that Keystone XL may permit is a secondary pipe reversal (a non-Keystone pipeline that current brings crude to Cushing to instead increase offtake capacity.
      Now there is financial incentive to increase refining capacity rather than just allow a glut of crude to build up.

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  2. Peter,

    Keystone is a strange one, considering that most of the southern leg has already been built -- and if memory serves, is already operational.

    I strongly support Energy East.

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    1. Keystone really is odd indeed. I do NOT support Energy East because it will have to cross something like 4000+ waterways. Sorry we've had recent experience about what a leak into waterways does. Don't need another.

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    2. With Trudeau being good buds with Dominic LeBlanc Energy East will get built. They're always looking for jobs in New Brunswick and they have the only refinery East of Montreal. Throw in the Irving family and it is all but a done deal.

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  3. This whole business of Kinder-Morgan and the worry of spills at the ocean end can be addressed in ways that both help the project and reassure the public.
    You get a spill anywhere you clean it up immediately !! You also pay a $10 million fine which gets split between the province and the native association. Or maybe we make the fine $50 million ??

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    1. The problem according to Elizabeth May is that we do not have the technology to clean up a spill of bitumen and condesates mixed with whatever solvent they use to make it liquid.

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  4. Then we better get our ass in gear and find a solution, eh?

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