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Alberta Mayors pump gas and oil pipelines

By DeLynda Pilon Black Press

Two mayors of cities in Alberta that

are thriving thanks to the oil and gas industry visited Prince George Thursday to talk about why they

support pipeline projects, in particular the Northern Gateway pipeline, and how British Columbians

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Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke and Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston promote the Northern Gateway pipeline. and all of Canada will also reap benefits if these projects go through. Mayor Stuart Houston of the City of Spruce Grove and Mayor Greg Krischke of the City of Leduc, members of the Capital Region Board’s Pipeline Linkages Strategy committee, said they hope to discuss the national importance of developing infrastructure to move oil out of Alberta to market,

in particular markets in emerging countries like China and India, rather than keep the status quo of selling 99 per cent of Canadian oil to American markets. “The west is at a real crossroads with energy infrastructure,” Houston said. He said currently the United States regulates and discounts Canadian oil prices, to the tune of $27 per barrel. What’s more, the U.S. is set to be-

come the largest energy producer in the world itself by 2025, significantly lowering its need for Canadian oil. “We need to get to the world market,” he said, adding the biggest markets will be China and India. “It is a huge benefit for Canada. It is a huge benefit for the whole industry.” “The benefits are not only for Albertans,” Krischke said. “We recognize

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B.C. and all of Canada benefit from this.” According to statistics provided by the Capital Region Board, over the next 25 years Alberta’s oil industry will purchase $117 billion in supplies and services from other Canadian provinces. British Columbia will receive a $28 billion chunk of that pie and 25 per cent of the jobs. The Northern Gateway pipeline is part of that picture, and building it will cause the GDP in Canada to rise substantially. Houston said for every job created in the Alberta oil sands, another is created elsewhere in Canada. As for upgrading the tar sand oil, Krischke said about 58 per cent of it was upgraded in 2010, though since demand has increased that percentage is down. He added that even if every drop of oil pumped from the tar sands was upgraded, it would still need to be shipped. “We are landlocked right now. Even if we upgraded 100 per cent of the oil we’d have to get it to the tide waters. The safest way is burying the pipe and pumping it,” he said. He added he understands there is a certain amount of environmental risk attached to the pipeline, however pointed out the TransMountain pipeline goes through Jasper National Park, and now people can’t even tell what side of the road it lies on. “It must be done in an environmentally responsible manner,” Houston said. He added the Joint Review Panel will make recommendations to mitigate any associated risks if it approves the project. “Is there a risk?” Krischke asked. “Yes there is, but there’s a risk involved in crossing a road. You can live next to a pipeline and not even know it’s there.” He said there are 10,000 km of pipeline in Alberta. “You can co-exist.”

Houston Today, December 12, 2012  

December 12, 2012 edition of the Houston Today

Houston Today, December 12, 2012  

December 12, 2012 edition of the Houston Today