Public needs to know pipelines are the best way to go: Joseph Quesnel in the Hill Times – MLI

by ahnationtalk on February 28, 2019203 Views

February 26, 2019

The issue of increased pipeline capacity is front and centre on Parliament Hill as protesters with a truck convoy originating from the West converged on Ottawa last week to push legislators to end delays on critical pipeline projects.

Provincial politicians—in response to federal inaction on pipelines—are acting on their own.

Just recently, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced the province will spend $3.7-billion to move landlocked Alberta oil to market by rail. Alberta intends to move about 120,000 barrels of oil per day by rail by 2020 through agreements with Canada’s two major railways, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National.

To be fair to Premier Notley, this is not the government’s preferred course of action. She clarified, rightly, that the best long-term solution is to invest in new pipeline capacity to coastal ports so that it can exported to foreign markets and get the best price for oil and gas producers.

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