Even opponents think B.C. oil pipelines more likely after Liberal victory

May 16, 2013

Christy Clark’s stunning election victory in BC has raised the likelihood that one or both of the oilsands pipeline projects to the B.C. coast will be built, supporters and opponents of the proposals said Wednesday.
While Clark set five tough conditions for the projects involving environmental protection, aboriginal rights and financial benefits, the New Democratic Party’s Adrian Dix was a clear opponent.
Kennedy Stewart, NDP MP for Burnaby Douglas, called the election result a “big game changer.”
“I think the election of the Liberals increases the odds of both pipelines going through,” said Stewart, who opposes both Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain projects.
Geoff Morrison, B.C. operations manager for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said Clark’s five conditions for supporting Northern Gateway “are actually quite clear and were actually helpful initially.”
“Given that that dialogue (with government) is going to continue … I think there will be a renewed focus on seeing if those five conditions can be satisfied.”
Morrison added that while CAPP won’t comment on the outcome of an election, having the Liberals return to power means that discussions over acceptable conditions for oil pipeline development could continue without interruption — as could negotiations over development of LNG terminals on the B.C. coast.
Roger Gibbins, former head of the Canada West Foundation think-tank, said the election is good news for Alberta and changes the odds of a pipeline being built.
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