Pipeline panel arrives in Prince Rupert for next phase of hearings
Douglas Channel, the proposed termination point for an oil pipeline in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, is pictured in an aerial view in Kitimat, B.C. (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 10, 2012 6:37AM EST
PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. -- The effects of a tanker port and increased tanker traffic off the west coast will be front and centre at hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline this week.
The panel reviewing the plan to build twin pipelines from the Alberta oilsands to a West Coast tanker port arrive in Prince Rupert, B.C. today.
Participants will be questioning witnesses under oath about the environmental and socio-economic effects of the marine terminal and the increased shipping it will bring to the West Coast.
Tim Leadems of Ecojustice says he'll be asking company experts about the effects on marine life, in particular the Pacific humpback whale.
The endangered whales frequent the Douglas Channel, which 200 tankers a year will traverse to reach the pipeline terminus in Kitimat, B-C.
Hearings wrapped up in Prince George last month and Prince Rupert is scheduled to host 10 weeks of hearings over the next few months.