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The Challenge

The British Columbia provincial government has listed five conditions that have to be met before it would consider supporting the Northern Gateway Pipelines project.


Our Solution

As we work to meet the conditions set by B.C. and the NEB, we continue to seek the input of First Nations and Métis partners to make the project better and are open to change.

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 Joint Review Panel that the project can proceed.

    Our response:
    The best case ever for pipeline approval.

    We put 10 years of study and over 17,500 pages of evidence 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.

    Our response:
    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.

    Our response:
    World-leading land pipeline safety

    20% thicker steel, on average, than required, more frequent in-line inspections, with 24/7 pipeline monitoring, dual leak detection systems 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.

    Our response:
    Full First Nations and Métis participation

    First Nations and Métis communities will benefit from long-term financial dividends, training, education opportunities, new jobs and economic procurement opportunities for Aboriginal businesses.

  • 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.

    Our response:
    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. Approximately 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 requirements.