With the January 18, 2012 decision by U.S. President Obama to deny its presidential permit, the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline has been back in the news. And in Canada, the Joint Review Panel for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project began conducting community hearings on January 10th. Although most opposition to both pipelines focuses on environmental damage, the promise of job creation is a powerful factor behind the debate. With the release on January 26th of a confidential policy document of the federal government, Greenpeace Canada has called into question the neutrality of the Canadian government and the National Energy Board in this environment/jobs debate.
“Federal documents spark outcry by oil sands critics” (Jan 26, 2012) in the Toronto Globe and Mail at: