OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - In its submission to the National Energy
Board, Canada's largest energy union says the proposed Northern Gateway
pipeline is being built to export more bitumen than we could even
produce by 2025.
In the process, the pipeline will cause profound damage to the
environment, cost more than 26,000 Canadian jobs, and put Canada's own
energy needs at risk, says the brief submitted today by the the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
"These are all serious threats to the public interest that should be
examined carefully by the NEB as its mandate demands," says CEP
President Dave Coles.
The CEP submission refers to independent research which shows that
current Canadian export capacity will exceed Western Canadian projected
production until 2025, and after 2025 Northern Gateway will add
significant additional surplus capacity to that created by Keystone XL
and Kinder Morgan (TMX).
The union also hired one of Canada's leading economic consulting
companies, Informetrica Inc., to assess the potential impact of the
Northern Gateway project.
"A study by Informetrica shows there are an estimated 26,000 jobs that
would otherwise be created in the Canadian economy if bitumen extracted
in Alberta was simply upgraded in Canada," says Coles. "As with the
Keystone XL pipeline, Gateway would take thousands of jobs away from
The brief points out that two major refinery closures in Ontario and
Quebec have created even more of a dependency on foreign suppliers for
refined petroleum products: gasoline, diesel fuel and heating oil.
"Canadians should also be alarmed that, while Canada exports most of its
bitumen to foreign sources, Atlantic Canada and Quebec import 90% of
their oil, and Ontario imports 30%," says Coles.
"Without access to the increased supply of Western Canadian crude,
Eastern Canada has suffered a loss of refining capacity, a loss of jobs
and gasoline supply problems. Meanwhile, hundreds of workers where
thrown out of high-skill, well paying jobs and many additional direct
and indirect jobs have been lost.
"We need a policy based on economic stability, job creation,
environmental sustainability, and energy security for Canada.
Stakeholders - including the oil industry, governments,
environmentalists, First Nations groups and labour unions -- to come
together and create a sustainable energy policy.
"Our union understands the importance of export markets and the need for pipelines to serve them. We also understand the importance of a
healthy oil and gas industry that can provide stable, good jobs for our
members, and create wealth for their communities and all Canadians.
"With the amount of public attention being given now to Gateway and to
Keystone XL, now is a perfect opportunity to work toward an energy
strategy for Canada," concludes Coles.
The 135,000-member CEP is Canada's largest union of energy workers, with
about 35,000 members who work in the oil, gas and petro-chemical
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles 613 299-5628