Despite rejecting Northern Gateway, is the BC government doing everything in its power to enable it?
Do the nine 8056587 Canada Inc. run of river and power line projects have anything to do with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines project? Some coincidences and inconsistencies between the two have me believing they are definitely linked.
In a media scrum following the release of the Joint Review Panel’s report and recommendation on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines project, a reporter recalling what BC Premier Christy Clark had said about denying Enbridge permits and electricity for the pipelines if they did not meet the province's "five conditions", asked BC Minister of Environment Mary Polak if in reality BC actually has the power and the ability to stop the project.
Minister Polak told the reporter, and therefore the public, that the BC government has not followed through on the threats of October 2012, and that in fact they had already issued licenses and permits for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines, and made offers of tenure to one of their numbered companies as well. Instead, she chose to evade the issue and spoke more about the five conditions.
We need to hold Premier Clark and her cabinet to account. Their five conditions have not been met. According to the BC government they do not think the conditions could be met. Neither do most British Columbians. As our BC government said in their written final argument, “trust us” is not good enough.
Promises made and actions quietly taken
Three months after our BC government outlined its five conditions for heavy oil pipeline consideration in July 2012, Premier Christy Clark implied a threat to deny regulatory permits and withhold electricity needed for proposed pipelines if they did not meet their five demands. In their May and June 2013 final arguments regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines project, the BC government stated its opposition to the project; their five conditions had not been met. Nor have they been met to date for that matter.
Through news articles from November 22, 2013, I learned that a company owned by Enbridge Inc., 8056587 Canada Inc., had applied to the BC government for a run of river project on the Clore River 60 kilometres southeast of Terrace. Enbridge spokesperson Ivan Giesbrecht stated Enbridge had received a license to carry out investigative assessments into the feasibility of that run-of-river project.
A search of the BC government Applications and Reasons for Decision (ARFD) web site at the time did not show an application for the Clore run of river project, however, it did reveal that 8056587 Canada Inc. had applied for four investigative works licenses for run of river power projects northeast of Prince George and one for a corresponding power transmission line which would connect to the BC Hydro grid at Bear Lake.
Those projects were referenced in a December 12 article where it was reported that Enbridge Inc., through an anonymous numbered company, is seeking to build an undisclosed number of hydroelectric projects; Enbridge is saying they are part of the company’s green energy plans and are not being built to power pumps for the company’s proposed 1,177-kilometre Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat. The article also stated that Enbridge has applied for and received an investigative licence to conduct preliminary assessment work at possible project sites in B.C. and Alberta.