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Does getting "social license" mean giving communities a veto?

The residents of Kitimat voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in a recent plebiscite. The vote is non-binding, but some say it's a sign the project lacks social license. We hear that term a lot when it comes to the expansion of energy infrastructure, but what does it actually mean? And how is it measured? In this episode Jim speaks...
The residents of Kitimat voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in a recent plebiscite. The vote is non-binding, but some say it's a sign the project lacks social license. We hear that term a lot when it comes to the expansion of energy infrastructure, but what does it actually mean? And how is it measured?
In this episode Jim speaks to two friends from Kitimat who voted differently in the plebiscite. They discuss what the results mean to them, and how they hope they will be used to influence the future of the project. 
He then checks in with a resource industry consultant who researches social license, to see how realistic it is to require community approval for development.

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