Five conditions for pipeline approval
The following are British Columbia’s conditions for Northern Gateway Pipeline (NGP) project approval as laid out by Premier Christy Clark’s government in June 2013.
1. Successful completion of the environmental review process. In the case of NGP, that would mean a recommendation by the National Energy Board Joint Review Panel that the project can proceed.
The best case ever for pipeline approval.
We put 10 years of study and over 17,500 pages of testimony into the most comprehensive environmental review ever undertaken in Canadian history.
2. World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.'s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and cost of heavy oil pipelines and shipments.
World-leading marine transportation safety
Spill prevention and spill response resources and capabilities more than 3x required by existing law. Double-hulled, certified, modern tankers guided by B.C. Coast Pilots to and from port and all accompanied by close escort tugs.
3. World-leading practices for land oil-spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines.
World-leading land pipeline safety
20% thicker steel, on average, than required, safety monitoring at a level not practiced anywhere in the industry today, with 24/7 pipeline monitoring, dual leak detection analysis and remote pump stations staffed around the clock. There will also be a $1 billion requirement to cover potential accidents.
4. Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights are addressed, and First Nations are provided with the opportunities, information and resources necessary to participate in and benefit from a heavy oil project.
Full First Nations and Métis participation
A 10% equity ownership in the project, 15% expected construction employment, traditional knowledge studies commissioned and active environmental stewardship. All told, over $1 billion in benefits available to First Nations and Métis communities.
5. British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy oil project that reflects the level and nature of the risk borne by the province, the environment and taxpayers.
Revenue and jobs for B.C.
B.C. can look forward to $1.2 billion in tax revenue, and $9 billion in government revenue over 30 years. Plus 3,000 construction jobs and 560 long-term jobs. Northern B.C. businesses will benefit from over $800 million in goods & services purchased.
By addressing the issues, challenging the misconceptions, listening to and working with all sides, we are meeting, and in many cases exceeding the government’s tough and carefully considered requirements.