A new study from Simon Fraser University and Living Oceans Society says Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project does not meet the National Energy Board’s requirement of being in the public interest.

The study says the project, which would triple Kinder Morgan’s capacity to carry oil between Alberta and Burnaby, B.C., could come at a net cost to Canada of between $4.1 billion and $22.1 billion.

Those costs are associated, not only with damage to the environment in the form of oil spills and greenhouse gas emissions, but also with building too much pipeline capacity, it says.

“Right now if you look at the projects that the National Energy Board has approved or is under consideration, these pipeline projects will exceed demand by about 2.5 million barrels per day by 2020,” said Tom Gunton, SFU Director of the Resource and Environmental Planning Program, who led the study.

“Investing some $20 billion in potentially empty pipeline space imposes a very large cost on Canada, to the oil and gas sector, to the Canadian public in terms of reduced taxes and royalties.”

Gunton and his team argue that, by creating unnecessary capacity and diverting oil products from existing pipelines, oil and gas producers will lose out.

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White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe hold public hearings on proposed Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 Pipelines

White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe hold public hearings on proposed Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 Pipelines

This week, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe will hold official tribal hearings on the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline corridor, which would cross through the wild rice areas used by the Anishinaabeg of this region. The White Earth hearing will be Thursday, June 4, at 5:00pm, at the Rice Lake Community Center (off Highway 4, Clearwater County). The Mille Lacs hearing will be on Friday, June 5, at 10:00am, at the East Lake Community Center (off Highway 65, south of McGregor).

“The White Earth band had formally asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to hold a hearing on the reservation, and no hearing was held,” Joe Plummer, General Counsel for the White Earth reservation explained. “ We are holding our own evidentiary hearing to allow for the tribal members who will be most impacted by the proposed Enbridge pipeline corridor to be able to testify. State hearings fifty miles away from a community, in the dead of winter, and on short notice, did not constitute consultation.”

 Mille Lacs band Chairwoman Melanie Benjamin also expressed similar concerns: “ To date, government to government consultation required between state agencies and Indian Tribes in accordance with Governor Dayton’s Executive Order l3-l0 has not occurred on this matter, nor was there any mechanism for consultation in Administrative Law Judge Lipman’s hearing process.” Chairwoman Benjamin wrote in a May 27 letter to the PUC and Governor Dayton: “There has been no consultation with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (or any other tribal government) and the Minnesota PUC , nor has Enbridge consulted with the Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe….” . 

Among those experts who will testify is Emma Lockridge, resident of the neighborhood adjacent to the Marathon Oil Refinery in Detroit, Michigan. This refinery is the destination of some of the oil which would come through the proposed lines, and Marathon is a 37% owner of the proposed Sandpiper, as well as an “anchor shipper”. “I mean, it has always been bad, but not this bad,” The air is just unbearable. It’s like living inside a refinery,” Lockridge told a reporter.