B.C. company pushes to carry oil sands crude by rail - Diane Francis
Anger over the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline brought thousands of people into Vancouver's downtown this week. Public hearings continue on The Enbridge project that could carry more than 500 thousand barrels of oil a day from just northeast of Edmonton to the BC coast -- and then to Asian markets.
Opponents have drawn a lot of attention to the proposed pipeline, and have managed to slow down the approval process -- but oil continues to move across Canada and oil companies are finding creative alternatives ... including moving it by train.
According the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: "crude-by-rail growth is a signal that the market is finding creative measures to meet demand". About 2 per cent of Canada's oil is shipped by rail today.
And a First Nations group has a plan to greatly increase that percentage with its Northern Gateway alternative. G Seven Generations Ltd. wants to build a new rail line between Edmonton and Alaska. The CEO of G Seven Generations, Matt Vickers, hopes the project will be allowed to proceed.
Matt Vickers declined to speak with us this morning saying the government will decide soon on whether to allow the project to go ahead and he doesn't want to jeopardize the decision making process.
But last fall, Matt Vickers met with National Post columnist Diane Francis to tell her about his project and won her over. Diane Francis joined us in our Toronto studio.
B.C. company pushes to carry oil sands crude by rail - Eric Doherty
While moving oil by rail might be a great alterative if you're an oil company - our next guest believes it's not if you're worried about the environment.
Eric Doherty is a member of the Rising Tide Coast Salish Territories collective, part of an environmental group that began in the U.S. and now has chapters in Canada and elsewhere. He is one of the organizers of this week's protests in Vancouver. And he presented groups concerns to the Enbridge Northern Gateway review panel on Monday. Eric Doherty joined us from Vancouver.
This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica deMello and Pacinthe Mattar.
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