Media Update and Schedule Revision - National Energy Board rules against labour motion to subpoena witnesses from Big Oil

    Labour leader and Parkland Institute expert set to argue Thursday against
    "sending Alberta jobs down the pipeline"

    CALGARY, June 5 /CNW/ - Under heavy cross-examination from union lawyers,
the man in charge of the proposed Keystone mega-pipeline admitted he doesn't
really know how much raw bitumen from Alberta will be shipped down his
pipeline to refineries in the U.S.
    In response to questions from lawyers representing the Alberta Federation
of Labour (AFL) and the Communication Energy Paperworkers union (CEP), Robert
Jones, Vice President of TransCanada Pipelines, said the amount of bitumen
going down the pipeline will be up to oil companies contracting with the
pipeline, not TransCanada as owner of the pipeline.
    Jones' admission was made shortly after National Energy Board dismissed a
motion from the AFL and CEP to subpoena witnesses from Big Oil. The Board
ruled that evidence from oil companies with contracts to use the pipeline
would not be necessary for the purposes of the hearing currently underway at
the NEB's office in Calgary.
    "This really makes you wonder who's looking after the public interest,"
said AFL president Gil McGowan. "The pipeline company says it's only the oil
companies who can tell us how much unrefined Alberta bitumen will be shipped
to the U.S. - and yet the so-called watch dog agency says it's not necessary
to make Big Oil answer those questions. This is no way to make public policy."
    McGowan was originally slated to appear before the Board on Wednesday
(tomorrow), but is now scheduled to give evidence on Thursday, along with Tom
Pearson a retired Dow Chemical executive and Diana Gibson, research director
of the University of Alberta's Parkland Institute.
    McGowan, Pearson and Gibson will all argue that the Keystone pipeline
will result in the loss of literally thousands of potential Alberta jobs as
upgraders and refineries are built in the U.S. instead of Alberta.
    The NEB hearings on TransCanada's application to build the Keystone
pipeline will be held in the NEB Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 444 Seventh Avenue
S.W. Calgary AB. Hearings start at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up at 1:30 p.m. each

For further information:

For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President at (780) 218-9888

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