Union appeals NEB pipeline decision to Cabinet

    OTTAWA, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada has today launched an appeal to the Federal
Cabinet of the National Energy Board's decision to allow construction of the
Keystone Pipeline in Alberta.
    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. markets.
    "Nothing less than the economic and energy sovereignty of Canada is at
stake," said CEP President Dave Coles 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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