NOVEMBER 28, 2012PETER JAMES
For nearly two months a large chunk of Northern Gateway’s application to build a pipeline through northern B.C. has been laid bare, poked and prodded by opponents and other interveners.
Through cross-examination they’ve tried to flesh out more details of how exactly the company proposes to connect Alberta’s oilsands with Kitimat via a 1,177-km dual pipeline to ship oil west and condensate east. They’ve brought up concerns on everything from what the pipeline means to the western toad to the process used to select the type of steel the company will use to build the pipeline.
Yet after weeks upon weeks of questions and answers being lobbed back and forth across the hearing room, there seems to be little consensus as to what has been achieved.
Barry Robinson, a lawyer for ForestEthics Advocacy, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation said despite the length of time spent asking questions, the answers his clients were seeking simply weren’t there.
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