NEWS RELEASE · 2nd December 2011
Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines would make the following statements in response to the announcement by some First Nations in Vancouver today (Dec. 1, 2011):
Aboriginal opposition to the project is by no means unanimous far from it. We are aware of some Aboriginal opposition to the project, however we would point out that Enbridge continues to consult with many First Nations who remain interested in partnering with Northern Gateway.
We want Aboriginal economic participation in this project. Over almost a decade of consultation and planning we have looked hard at finding ways of engaging First Nations and we have used that input to develop a package of economic and social commitments with a total value of about $1 billion - for the Aboriginal communities along the route.
One of the central goals of this project is to create local and regional economic opportunities and foster long-term sustainability for First Nations and other communities.
Northern Gateway is committed to putting in place a comprehensive, world-class marine safety program for this project. Oil ports have also operated safely on the east and west coasts of Canada for many years. Similar facilities operate safely off the coasts of Norway and Scotland in very similar geographical conditions.
In 2009 alone, Canada exported approximately 25 million barrels of oil by tanker from Vancouver. And over the past 25 years, more than 1,500 ships have safely travelled to Kitimat carrying petrochemical products.
While the Northern Gateway Project traverses three Fraser River tributaries, our right-of-way does not directly cross the Fraser River itself.
Protection of the environment is a key concern in any project we undertake and we are confident Northern Gateway can be built and operated safely.
Please attribute all quotes to Enbridge spokesman Paul Stanway.