The Northern Gateway website is a great place to come for respectful, factual conversation about the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and related issues. We appreciate everyone who takes the time to meaningfully participate in the discussions hosted here—thank you for being a part of this community.
We are dedicated to this community and we work to ensure the conversations are respectful and fact-based. To achieve this goal, we have specific guidelines for commenting. We strive to ensure your comment is posted in a timely fashion, provided it meets our guidelines.
We ask you to follow the guidelines below to ensure the community spirit they are designed to create.
We understand many people are passionate about the issues raised related to the Northern Gateway proposal. But passion isn’t a valid reason to act inappropriately. To maintain a civil atmosphere, our moderation team reads all comments before they are published. Moderation times will vary depending on the number of comments posted and the time they are posted.
Please know we are committed to this conversation and understand timely comment approval is critical to keeping the conversation going; your comments are important to us and we will work hard to publish them as quickly as possible.
We pledge to be transparent, factual and honest in the conversations we host and we require the same from you. This guideline will make our online community a more valuable place for everyone who wants to participate.
You may choose to comment under a pseudonym, but please always use the same identity in your interactions on these blogs. Any users found misrepresenting themselves or others, spreading misinformation, creating multiple accounts or "astro-turfing" will have their comments blocked. Comments left with the username “anonymous” will not be published.
We understand people have different opinions about the proposed Northern Gateway project. You do not need to be a supporter of the proposal to comment here. However, comments designed to shut down the conversations add no value and will not be included.
We want to hear from you. Tell us why you believe the Northern Gateway pipeline should, or should not, be developed. Tell us what you think about the economic developments that grow out of projects like this. Share local knowledge and insights. Ask open-ended questions of the content authors and other users.
Hostile, foul, threatening, racist, derogatory and insulting language are not welcome here. Users who attempt to post this type of language in their comments will have their comments rejected without exception.
Please note, comments containing links will only be published if the link is to a credible and objective source of information, like a government or regulatory body website, newspapers, etc.
The commentary on northerngateway.ca is moderated by members of the Northern Gateway communications team. Whenever a comment is best responded to by a subject matter expert, a subject matter expert will be consulted. This could result in delayed responses as professionals—engineers, marine safety experts and others—are consulted. In some cases, questions may not be answered if they are deemed to conflict with the requirements of the Northern Gateway regulatory review process. Any such cases will be clearly identified and dealt with respectfully.
All users must provide a username in order to submit comments. This is a requirement to ensure the conversation is kept orderly and to prevent the commenting areas from becoming victims of spamming behavior. You are not required to share personal information or use your real name.
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Our comments system does not allow you to use HTML formatting. If you include a URL in your comment, provided it links to a credible and objective source of information as noted in our guidelines, your comment will be published and the link will appear in plain text format. Please do not cut and paste content published elsewhere as this action may violate copyright law—comments that include obvious cut and paste content will not be approved.
You can submit a comment pointing this out. Please remember to include the user’s name noted on the comment you think violates our policies. Please note, the comment you submit will not be published and your privacy will be protected. The Northern Gateway comment moderation team will determine whether or not the comment violated our policies—if it disappears, you’ll know it did.
A comment you submitted violated our stated guidelines above. Please remember, users who attempt to post comments violating our policies will have their comments rejected without exception.