Ottawa, Ontario – The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is being built to export more bitumen than Canada could even produce by 2025, according to submission to the National Energy Board by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
The CEP said that in the process, the pipeline will cause profound environmental damage, cost more than 26,000 Canadian jobs, and put the country’s own energy needs at risk.
“A study by Infometrica shows there are an estimated 26,000 jobs that would otherwise be created in the Canadian economy if bitumen extracted in Alberta was simply upgraded in Canada,” said CEP president Dave Coles. “As with the Keystone XL pipeline, Gateway would take thousands of jobs away from Canadian workers.”
The brief also points out that two major refinery closures in Ontario and Quebec have created even more of a dependency on foreign suppliers for gasoline, diesel fuel and heating oil. “Canadians should also be alarmed that, while Canada exports most of its bitumen to foreign sources, Atlantic Canada and Quebec import 90 per cent of their oil, and Ontario imports 30 per cent,” Coles said.
CEP is Canada’s largest union of energy workers, with about 35,000 of its 135,000 members working in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.