OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU) are
both pleased and relieved that the lengthy review process surrounding
the Northern Gateway Project (NGP) has successfully concluded.
Speaking on behalf of CBTU, Canadian Director Robert Blakely said: "We
are very supportive of the Report of the Joint Review Panel, and we
urge that the Governor in Council grant the necessary certificates to
allow for construction of the lines. This project is about much more
than just a few short-term jobs over a few pipeline seasons; it is
about creating another major customer for Canadian oil for the long
In CBTU's view, the NGP and similar pipeline projects are essential to
Canada's prosperity on many fronts. They connect high-paying,
highly-skilled jobs on the extraction end to equally high-quality jobs
on the processing end, including construction and ongoing maintenance.
These are sustainable jobs that last the life of the pipeline.
"The conditions set out by the Joint Review Panel are sensible and
achievable," said John Telford, Director of Canadian Affairs for the
United Association, the union that represents pipefitters, pipewelders
and other skilled trades that construct these facilities. "We know that
the NGP can be built safely, because we work on these jobs. Our
contractors achieve absolutely world-class results in terms of quality
In addressing the environmental issues, James Murphy, Canadian Director
of the International Union of Operating Engineers—the tradespersons who
operate the heavy equipment on the pipeline right-of-way—stated: "The
Joint Review Panel got it right, by laying out a pathway to protect the
environment while strengthening the Canadian economy at the same time.
We build the pipelines in Canada, with highly-skilled and trained
tradespeople—safety and environmental considerations always come first.
When we pass through an area to install the pipe, we are respectful of
the landscape and communities along the way. When the line becomes
operational, our members maintain and upgrade it over its life to
prevent accidents. Canadians can be rest assured that that the Northern
Gateway Pipeline will be built to the highest safety and environmental
Mr. Blakely concluded, "We are glad that this hurdle is now crossed. We
will continue to express our support for NGP, Keystone XL, Energy East
and similar projects that will allow Western Canadian oil to flow to
new markets, reduce Canadian dependence on foreign oil, and create
long-term skilled trades jobs across our nation."
Canada's Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 building and
construction unions that represent a membership of more than 500,000
skilled tradespeople across Canada.
SOURCE: Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU)
For further information:
Robert R. Blakely, Canadian Director, CBTU, at (613) 236-0653 or at firstname.lastname@example.org