AFL will cross examine CAPP VP Greg Stringham today.
CALGARY, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - The proposed Alberta Clipper pipeline is expected
to create only two full time permanent jobs in the province, admitted Enbridge
Pipeline's executive under cross examination in front of the National Energy
Board (NEB) yesterday.
The admission came as part of a regulatory hearing into Enbridge's
application to build the controversial mega pipeline that would have the
capacity to transport more than six hundred thousand barrels of oil each day
from Alberta to refineries and upgraders in the United States.
The NEB is required by law to only grant approval to projects that can be
demonstrated to be in the "public interest of Canadians". Enbridge executive
argued that by creating several hundred temporary construction jobs and two
permanent operating jobs, the Alberta Clipper project passes the public
Alberta Federation of Labour lawyer Leanne Chahley asked the pipeline
executive if it would be possible to estimate the job impact the pipeline
might have on the creation of upgrader and refinery jobs in both Alberta and
the US. The executives replied that it was theoretically possible, but they
said the NEB had not required them to do such studies.
"This is the really frustrating part of this whole process," said AFL
President Gil McGowan, who has been attending the regulatory hearings in
Calgary yesterday and today.
"Whether it was during the hearings on the Keystone Pipeline last summer
or the Alberta Clipper pipeline today, everyone agrees that it's possible to
estimate the impact on Alberta jobs if new pipelines are built to ship
unrefined bitumen to the US - but no one is doing it. The pipeline companies
aren't doing the research, the NEB isn't doing the research and the Alberta
government isn't doing the research. How, in good conscience, can we possibly
approve these pipelines before we can be sure that we are not exporting
thousands of jobs along with our oil?"
The AFL's position is that the Alberta Clippers' application should be
rejected or at least put on hold until proper studies of potential Alberta job
impacts can be conducted and an "Alberta First" upgrading policy can be put in
"A medium sized upgrader employs about 500 people and a big upgrading
operation like Suncor employs thousands - not to mention the thousands of spin
off jobs and contract maintenance job," says McGowan. "I don't know about
you, but I'll take thousands of jobs over two jobs any day."
The AFL will continue its cross examination of company and industry
witnesses today - including a cross examination of Greg Stringham, the
prominent and out spoken vice president of the Canadian Association of
Petroleum Producers. (CAPP).
The hearings resume this morning at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until
1:30 p.m. The AFL's cross examination of witnesses will take place in the
NEB's main hearing room, on the second floor, 444 - 7 Avenue, SW, Calgary.
McGowan will be available to speak to reporters upon adjournment.
For further information:
For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President at (780) 218-9888