MP Zimmer blasts Liberals for vote against Keystone XL study

The federal committee tasked with studying Canada’s natural resources has voted against a motion to study the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The motion was defeated by a 7-4 vote, with only Conservatives voting in favour, according to MP Bob Zimmer, who sits on the standing committee. Other committee members from the NDP and Bloc Québécois also voted against the motion, Zimmer said.

article continues below

“It is shameful that the Liberal members of the Natural Resource Committee have no interest in supporting Keystone XL, by studying the cancellation of the pipeline and the impact it will have on Canada and our energy sector,” Zimmer said in a statement issued Monday.

“By voting against this motion, the Liberals have once again failed to stand up for our oil and gas workers. Securing jobs in the resource sector is an essential part of getting Canadians back to work and Canada’s economic recovery.”

New U.S. President Joe Biden cancelled the cross-border Keystone XL pipeline expansion with the stroke of a pen on his first day in the White House in January.

TC Energy Corp. immediately suspended work after the decision, eliminating more than 1,000 construction jobs.

The 1,947-kilometre pipeline is designed to carry 830,000 barrels a day of crude oil from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb.

Some 200 kilometres of pipe have already been installed for the expansion, including across the Canada-U.S. border, and construction had begun on pump stations in Alberta and several U.S. states.

The Conservatives have called Biden's move a serious blow to Canada's economic recovery from the pandemic, and have also called for a special House of Commons committee to study Canada-U.S. relations.

Read more

Biden rescinds Keystone XL pipeline permit – now what?

— with files from The Canadian Press

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

@ Copyright Pipeline News North

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Pipeline News North welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

 

Pipeline News Most Popular