First-ever appeal to Cabinet - Energy union appeals NEB Keystone decision

    OTTAWA, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time ever, the Federal
Cabinet has received a legal appeal to review the National Energy Board's
decision and must now revisit the NEB's approval of the construction of the
Keystone Pipeline in Alberta.
    "The Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union has been fighting the
construction of this pipeline at every step, and we will leave no stone
unturned," says President Dave Coles.
    The pipeline is designed to take the oil resulting from a three-fold
increase in Alberta oil sands production and ship it primarily to U.S.
    "Nothing less than the economic and energy sovereignty of Canada is at
stake," Coles said, in the wake of last month's NEB decision. "The Keystone
Pipeline will exclusively serve U.S. markets, create permanent employment for
very few Canadians, reduce our energy security, and hinder investment and job
creation in the Canadian energy sector."
    CEP is calling on Cabinet to reject the NEB recommendations and refer the
matter to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. It says the committee
should hold hearings on the impact of exporting our unprocessed energy
resources and look at ways to improve the transparency and accountability of
the NEB.
    "We think parliamentarians and the public need to have the chance to
examine this pipeline proposal in depth and in the context of the overall good
of the country and of Canadians," says Mr. Coles.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628

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