Federal minister says scathing U.S. report won't change mind on Northern Gateway
By: The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER - The federal environment minister says a scathing report out of the United States about Enbridge's (TSX:ENB) response to a pipeline spill in Michigan won't change his government's position on the Northern Gateway project.
A report by U.S. investigators released last week criticized Enbridge for a spill along Michigan's Kalamazoo River, comparing the company's response to the "Keystone Kops" and identifying a long list of failings.
Critics of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast have used the report to urge governments to reject the project, but federal Environment Minister Peter Kent says he hasn't changed his mind.
Kent says he hasn't read the U.S. report in full, but he notes the Michigan spill involved an older pipeline that used different technology than would be found on new projects.
He says such spills underscore the need for better practices in the industry, but also argues pipelines are the safest way to transport oil and he doesn't expect the report to sway his opinion.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark has said the report means Enbridge will have to answer some serious questions before winning her government's support, though she has yet to say whether the province will support the project.
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