Study could have altered Gateway report: scientist

Peter James, Prince George Citizen

Information in a new report on what would happen if diluted bitumen spilled in the marine environment could have changed the way the federal Joint Review Panel examining the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline reached its conclusions, according to a witness for one intervener group.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation senior scientist Paul Paquet said a report released this week by Environment Canada that showed that diluted bitumen could sink in saltwater in some conditions could have pushed the three-member panel to recommend different conditions for the plan to build a pipeline and export terminal to ship oilsands products to Kitimat.

“It may not have changed their ultimate decision to recommend the project be approved but it could have changed some of the contingencies, requirements and expectations for Enbridge,” he Paquet said…

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