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Alberta Clipper pipeline will endanger Canadian jobs: energy workers‘ union

Jul 25, 2007 11:27:00 AM MST
Alberta Clipper pipeline will endanger Canadian jobs: energy workers‘ union (Alberta-Clipper)


OTTAWA (CP) _ Canada‘s largest union of energy workers has filed for intervener status in National Energy Board hearings into Enbridge Inc.‘s Alberta Clipper oil pipeline project application, aiming to block the export of jobs and raw resources.

“We want the NEB and the government of Canada to stop looking at the development of our energy resources, and particularly the Alberta tar sands, in isolation of the broader economic, social and environmental good of the country,‘‘ said Dave Coles, president of the 150,000-member Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

The 1,600-kilometre Alberta Clipper pipeline would see up to 800,000 barrels of crude oil shipped out of the country daily to the United States, from Hardesty, Alta., to Superior, Wis.

But the union says the project will jeopardize the public good by exporting unprocessed resources at the expense of Canadian employment, energy supply and national sovereignty.

At least 18,000 jobs would be created if the oil slated to be pumped into the U.S. via the Alberta Clipper were processed and refined in Canada, said Coles.

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