NEWS RELEASE · 19th February 2013
Fees that Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline should be required to pay the Government of British Columbia
I believe there are two types of fees that Enbridge should be required to pay the Government of British Columbia should a decision be made to approve the construction of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline: essential fees and royalties/taxes.
The following are some of the most important fees that the Government of British Columbia should charge Enbridge. These fees must not be considered as a source of profit for the Province.
The Government of British Columbia must have a 100% guarantee that these fees, whatever their eventual dollar amount may be, will be paid by Enbridge.
-An annual lease fee for the use of Crown land in the construction and operation of the pipeline
-All costs associated with oil spills from the pipeline and tankers
-All costs associated with removing the pipeline and restoring the land used by Enbridge for the project to an acceptable standard as set by the Government of British Columbia when the pipeline is no longer needed
-Fair compensation to the residents of British Columbia for having the project constructed in their province
-Fair compensation to the First Nations regarding the construction and operation of the project
If Enbridge cannot meet all of the above requirements, they should not be given permission to proceed with the project.
Any royalties and/or taxes that Enbridge is to pay the Government of British Columbia should be considered to be any amounts over and above the essential fees.
In years to come, should the project proceed, the people of British Columbia should not have to pay billions and billions of dollars for unexpected costs associated with the project.
Comment by paul lacny on 20th February 2013
What fees should Enbridge pay the town of Kitimat and the port of Kitimat? paul lacny