CALGARY, AB (December 19, 2013): Wildrose Energy Critic Jason Hale made the following remarks upon news the Joint Review Panel recommended approving the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline today: “I’m pleased to hear that the Joint Review Panel has given the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline the green light.
This project will allow much-needed access to global markets and help spur economic growth across the country. “Albertans want to see their resources developed responsibly and transported safely. The panel identified 209 recommendations that would help improve the safety of the pipeline. Protecting the environment must remain a top priority as this project moves forward. “I am very encouraged to see that the panel was able to cut through the noise, examine the evidence and find that ‘opening Pacific Basin markets is important to the Canadian economy and society,’ and, ‘would bring significant local, regional, and national economic and social benefits.’ “This is the argument that we have long been making. It’s time for everybody to begin to work alongside our provincial and federal partners to ensure that we can meet conditions outlined in the report, meet our environmental obligations and help our economy prosper.”