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Enbridge Long on Promises, Short on Evidence of Pipeline Safety: B.C. Government

Oct 18, 2012
(The Canadian Press)

VANCOUVER - B.C.'s environment minister says Enbridge has not yet instilled confidence in the provincial government the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline will be safe.

Terry Lake says the company is making lots of promises about how it would mitigate environmental risks, but is so far short on providing solid evidence and action.

He made his comments in a news release yesterday after the province wrapped its cross-examination in Prince George, B.C. at environmental assessment hearings into the line that would carry oil from Alberta to a port on the northwest coast.

Lake says lawyers learned the company hasn't yet determined how accessible parts of the pipeline would be in the event of a spill, and also that the company won't have a spill response plan finalized until six months before operations begin.