In the most recent installment of Urban Hermits’ tar sand coverage, we have heard some interesting news coming from the government of British Columbia. They have officially announced their opposition to the Northern Gateway Project, a pipeline plan very similar to the XL Pipeline here in the states. This is not to say the project was completely canned, but it puts a burden on Enbridge and other oil companies, as well as the government of Alberta, who has overwhelmingly supported the project. Questions regarding how environmental disasters will need to be addressed, as well as a blueprint as to how British Columbia will benefit fairly from the investment. If things remain anything like how they are in Alberta, all I have to say is good luck. Get the detailed response here from CBC News.
I believe this is an important case study because it displays public concern and increasing skepticism about the project. Whether we will see this sort of mobilization or not here in the U.S. remains to be seen.
Image Source: Darryl Dyck. The Vancouver Sun. 31 May 2013.
Source: “B.C. officially opposes Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline”. CBC News. 31 May 2013.