Union asks Court to overturn Keystone Pipeline Decision

    OTTAWA, March 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada today filed a motion in the Federal Court of
Appeal for leave to appeal the recent decision of the National Energy Board
regarding the Keystone Pipeline Project, proposed by the TransCanada Pipeline
    The Union argues that the National Energy Board made several errors
including a failure to acknowledge that job creation and value added
production are important factors in determining the public interest.
    "We believe that we have no choice but to challenge this decision," said
President Dave Coles. "The NEB has ruled that it is in the public interest to
ensure that oil companies can export bitumen, but value-added processing is
irrelevant. We say this gross double standard cannot be the basis for
regulatory decisions about the development of energy resources in Canada."
    CEP presented evidence to the NEB prepared by Mike McCracken, one of
Canada's leading economists, indicating that as many as 18,000 jobs could be
created if the bitumen that could be exported by the Keystone Pipeline, is
first upgraded and refined in Canada. The NEB ruled that concerns over jobs
and economic development of the energy sector, were matters of government
policy and for that reason not relevant to the public interest decision it has
to make.
    "Economic consequences of this character and magnitude are undeniably
matters of valid public interest concerns and it was not reasonable for the
Board to have disregarded the purpose for which the pipeline would be used in
determining the public interest," said CEP Lawyer Steven Shrybman in documents
filed with the court today.
    In its decision released in early February, the NEB approved the transfer
of an existing TransCanada gas pipeline to use as an oil/bitumen pipeline for
the Keystone Project  Hearings for approval of the Keystone Project itself are
scheduled for June.

For further information:

For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628 or Steve Shrybman
(Sack Goldblatt Mitchell), (613) 235-5327

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