It’s a path to…

Author: Northern Gateway
Dated: 27 April 2012

The Northern Gateway pipeline is more than an energy infrastructure project. It’s also a path to…

Thousands of jobs nationwide…
Over 3,000 direct construction jobs will be created at the peak of construction. As well, 1,150 new long-term jobs will be generated across Canada—with 560 of those in BC.

Billions of dollars to help Canadian communities…
Over 30 years, more than $2.6 billion in local, provincial and federal tax revenue can be used to strengthen public services. Enbridge will also provide $100 million to support communities near the pipeline.

World-class safety standards…
Carefully planned and built to respect the terrain and wildlife, the pipeline will be monitored 24/7. To protect our waters and coastline, marine facilities will adopt additional navigation aids, increase emergency response capabilities, and implement new land-based radar so that Canada’s Northwest Coast is safer for all marine traffic.

A strong economy with new trade partners…
There will be more opportunities and towns will prosper. It will open up global markets for Canada’s energy exports and increase our nation’s Gross Domestic Product by $270 billion.

Northern Gateway is more than a pipeline. It’s an important national project. It’s a path to our future. 75 per cent of Canadians believe now is the time to diversify our energy export markets. Now is the time for you to have your voice heard. Online or in-person, please Join the Conversation. There are many ways to have your voice heard: leave a comment on our blogs, join the conversation on Facebook, tweet with us on Twitter, you can also comment on online newspaper articles or write a good old fashioned letter to the editor!

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  • Les, Feb 25th, 2013 (2 years ago)

    I have been a BC resident for the past 62 years and I am interested in having your pipeline run across our province, just like many others now do and have done for years. As a professional biologist I also spent 30 years working for Environmental Protection and I can tell you that working as a regulator with industry we have accomplished some amazing improvements in how we carry on business and industry. Environmentalist fear mongering is one of the greatest threats to our society today.

  • Aja, Aug 13th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    I'm sure you would find that many people disagree with the statement that spills are not inevitable. I have searched many sites and articles, both online and otherwise and many of them say that it's not a matter of if a spill happens - it's a matter of when - especially when considering Enbridge's track record of spills.

    True, spills most likely would not affect the entire BC fishing industry, however it's possible that it could affect parts of it as well as some of the people who depend on fish for most of their food. I think the point is that when you compare numbers, 3,000 jobs and $2.6 billion over 30 years isn't enough to justify putting life-giving hunting, fishing and gathering practices of the native people, the ocean and it's wildlife, as well as current industry and world class ecosystems at risk.

  • Northern Gateway, Aug 10th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Aja, thanks for your comment.

    We understand that you and others have legitimate concerns about the pipeline project. That said, it's important to highlight the facts from some of the rhetoric that we see stated about the project. Spills are not inevitable.

    Northern Gateway has planned an unprecedented level of environmental protection and safety measures to protect the waterways that could affect the BC fishery; these measures include increased pipe thickness, emergency shut off valves on both sides of sensitive and important waterways and increased emergency response and monitoring capabilities to detect and respond to any potential emergency. It is not accurate to say that should a spill occur, the entire B.C. fishing industry would be impacted.

    Here's another blog post discussing our enhanced safety measures planned for Northern Gateway:

  • Aja, Aug 09th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    The Northern Gateway project will create 3,000 direct jobs, however a spill could COST the province 56,000 jobs ( Statement by Coastal First Nations executive director Art Sterritt ). It may provide Canada with $2.6 billion in tax revenue, but spills will affect the fishing industry which brings in $1.7 billion (over 30 years this would be $5.1 billion) , the fishing industry also employs about 16,00 people. It doesn't matter how much you respect nature, the fact is that a spill will happen, and when it does it would ruin pristine wildlife and habitat and while it may provide more oppurtunities for a few towns - these same towns will be in huge trouble when a spill happens.

  • Trev, Jul 08th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    As with many BC residents, I am not interested in having such an undertaking. Corporations have a tendency to put their investors first, which inevitably means cutting corners when times get tough. Even if this pipeline begins operations with the best safeties and policies in place, it's only a matter of time until workers get lazy or are pressured from management to cut corners. This is how accidents happen, and is how natural habitats are destroyed.

  • Northern Gateway, Jun 28th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Mike, thanks for your comment.

    The accuracy of the information being shared in this conversation is important. Enbridge did not have a spill that released 840,000 litres of oil this month in Alberta.

    Accurate information on the Elk Point pumping station incident is available here:

    We encourage you to learn more about our pipeline assessment and first response plans, this page provides an outline for you:

  • Mike from Van, Jun 28th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    During the period of 1999-2010 Enbridge pipelines experienced over 800 spills resulting in approxmately 170,000 barrels of hydrocarbons being released into the surrounding environment.

    Just this month a spill at an Enbridge pipeline in Alberta released 840,000 litres of oil into surrounding farmland.

    Your commercial is pretty and the narrator's voice is soothing but its seems more condescending than anything else.

    Why should we trust you? Why can't you be honest. You know with 100% certainty that you will experience a spill on the northern gateway pipeline...its just a matter of when. Just be honest with us. We're not idiots.

  • Philip Cartmel, Jun 24th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    It is important that industry communicate directly to the consumer. You can no longer depend on established media to anything but seek self gratifying sensationalism. I saw Taseko spend millions towards preserving the environment, to offset the optics of using an already dead lake as a productive mine only to have it quashed. Native negotiators are also VERY sharp on these issues as they seek their own cut on every deal and manipulate the eco-terrorist movement through the 'rent a mob' crowd of anarchists. I could not believe that 150 dead ducks resulted in a multi million dollar fine from a tailings pond while hunters do permanent damage by blasting lead throughout the countryside. I think in an alternate reality a fine relative to killing ducks out of season would be more appropriate. The Oil and gas industry should go on the offensive and point out to real threats like Lead and Mercury which will sit there forever. I understand there may be some back wash on the whole leaded gas issue but here would be an initiative where a community based Lead removal assistance program based on volunteerism could be worked out and make real address to the issue. The fact is China dams up the Mekong and other rivers without any recourse while responsible environmental review is done here. Best wishes. I have too much more to say so feel free to post and let others have their say,
    Philip Cartmel
    Port Coquitlam, BC.

  • DGL46, Jun 19th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Not really a fan of your advertisements but I understand why you're having to run them. It really is too bad that the airwaves have been full of misinformation about this pipeline and the oil industry for so long. I live in Vancouver. We have air quality issues and a ton of traffic issues. Our politicians are obsessed with bike lanes and other feel good schemes that barely scratch the surface of the problems. Meanwhile, the lifeblood of our city is the port and the goods shipped through it, including oil. I wish the people could have a practical conversation about energy in Canada. Those that are opposed to Alberta oil have really poisoned it for the rest of us who understand the role it plays in our day to day lives.

  • David McFlizzle, Jun 18th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Why did you choose green leaves as your symbol for the Northern Gateway Pipeline? Have Enbridge's marketing team heard of the term "Greenwash"?

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