Cabinet should overturn NEB Keystone ruling

    OTTAWA, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada says the federal Cabinet should overturn today's
National Energy Board decision to allow the Keystone pipeline project to go
ahead, and refer the matter to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources for
broader discussion.
    "There is no way this pipeline benefits Canada in any way," says CEP
President Dave Coles. "It's all about boosting the bottom line of
multinational oil companies."
    "This ruling is not in the public interest economically, socially or
environmentally. CEP studies submitted to the NEB -- that show the loss of
18,000 potential new jobs -- have been ignored. Environmental concerns have
been similarly ignored as has the issue of Canada compromising the energy
needs of its own citizens to feed U.S. markets."
    "Clearly, this is the wrong decision for Canada, and it brings into
question the role of the Board and the need for a domestic energy policy to
protect Canadian interests. This discussion belongs in the political arena,
and the federal government should take the necessary steps to make that
    The 150,000-member CEP represents more than 35,000 workers in the oil,
gas and chemical industry in Ontario, Alberta and several other provinces. CEP
was a key witness in the Keystone pipeline hearings held in Calgary over the
last year.

    Keystone is the first in a series of new pipeline proposals seeking NEB
approval to ship raw bitumen (crude oil) from the tar sands of Alberta
directly to the United States. Keystone would be able to carry up to
500,000 barrels per day while the total export goal from all pipelines has
been set by industry at five-million barrels per day within a decade.
    The NEB decision can be found at: .

For further information:

For further information: Joe Hanafin, (613) 230-5800, ext. 232, (613)
295-9431 or Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628

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