Harper warns of ‘hijacked’ hearings on Northern Gateway pipeline, Bob Weber, The Canadian Press:
EDMONTON – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he’s listening to concerns that hearings for the Northern Gateway pipeline will be “hijacked” by foreign interests.
“We have to have processes in Canada that come to a decision in a reasonable amount of time and processes that cannot be hijacked,” Harper said Friday while in Edmonton to make an unrelated announcement.
“In particular, growing concern has been expressed to me about the use of foreign money to really overload the public consultation phase of regulatory hearings just for the purpose of slowing down the process…”
We wouldn’t want a few thousands of dollars from foreign public interest foundations hijacking the process and affecting the interests of loyal companies developing Alberta tar sands, such as:
- Thailand’s state-owned PTTEP;
- government controlled Statoil of Norway;
- the state owned Korean National Oil Company;
- Beijing based PetroChina;
- Sinopec, controlled by Government of China;
- Royal Dutch Shell, based in The Hague, Netherlands;
- Chevron Corporation of San Ramon, CA;
- Houston-based ConocoPhillips;
- Tea Party financier Koch Industries subsidiary Koch Exploration Canada Corporation;
- BP, headquartered in London, England;
- China Investment Corp, from Beijing, China;
- Devon Energy of Oklahoma;
- ExxonMobil, of Irving, TX;
- Occidental Petroleum of Los Angeles, CA;
- Total S.A. of France;
- Marathon Oil of Houston;
- Nippon Oil of Tokyo;
- Murphy Oil of Arkansas;
- Husky Oil, controlled by Li Ka-shing of Hong Kong;
Westcoast Environmental Law explains Why West Coast is fighting Enbridge (it’s not the funding). It is a good read.
People concerned about the potential effects of major coastal oil spills ought not to worry. History demonstrates the effectiveness of dispersants. Industry will clear out and let the taxpayers look after everything.