Alberta energy minister slams UN for urging Canada to stop work on pipeline projects

A United Nations committee urged Canada to immediately stop the construction of three major resource projects in B.C.

The UN’s racial discrimination committee said Canada needs to stop work until they obtain approval from affected First Nations. They are calling for the suspension of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Site C dam and Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Minister of Energy Sonya Savage slammed the UN’s statement.

“With all the injustice in the world, it’s beyond rich that the unelected, unaccountable United Nations would seemingly single out Canada – one of the greatest champions of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

"With all the injustice in the world, it’s beyond rich that the unelected, unaccountable United Nations would seemingly single out Canada – one of the greatest champions of human rights, democracy and the rule of law." -Minister of… Click To Tweet

“We wish that the UN would pay as much attention to the majority of First Nation groups that support important projects such as Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink,” she added.

“First Nations leaders increasingly recognize that responsible natural resource development can serve as a path from poverty to prosperity for their people. Yet this UN body seemingly ignores these voices.”

Savage said Canada’s duly elected representatives – not unaccountable international committees – are responsible for governing decisions in this country.

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A B.C. Supreme Court judge issued an injunction Dec. 31 against the Wet’suwe’ten Nation that is blocking Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) access to a natural gas pipeline project.

This means RCMP can now arrest protesters who are stopping workers on a remote logging road near Houston, B.C.

Coastal GasLink is owned by Calgary-based TC Energy Corporation, formerly TransCanada Pipelines. They are building a 667-kilometre natural gas pipeline from Dawson Creek, B.C. to a liquified natural gas plant (LNG) scheduled for construction in Kitimat.

The estimated cost to build the export facility and the Pipeline Project is about $40 billion. CGL entered into long term transportation service agreements with LNG Canada Joint Venture Participants and it is estimated they will spend about $6.2 billion to implement the pipeline project. 

The project is expected to create 2,500 jobs during peak construction on the Pipeline Project and about 10,000 jobs during peak construction across the export facility.

Last month Trans Mountain, the Federal Minister of Natural Resources, Alberta Minister of Energy, the Enoch Cree Nation and local government representatives marked the start of right-of-way construction for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Pipeline construction started in Greater Edmonton (Spread 1), which includes about 50 kilometres of pipeline running from Trans Mountain’s Edmonton Terminal in Sherwood Park to Acheson, Alberta. SA Energy Group, the general pipeline construction contractor for Spread 1, has begun pipe transport, stringing and other preparation work that is necessary before pipeline installation. 

-reporter@albertapressleader.ca

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