An Alberta Senator leading hearings on oil pipelines says Canada has been “naive and asleep at the switch” when it comes to moving our oil across the country and to foreign markets.
The hearings are in Calgary today and Doug Black tells Danielle Smith on News Talk 770 it’s his goal to make sure the Senate is unanimously in favour of pipelines when the federal government has to make decisions on the Trans Mountain and Energy East pipelines.
Black says he’d love to see the amount of foreign oil coming into Canada, about 700,000 barrels a day, significantly reduced.
“Canada won’t stop importing oil. Canada will just import way less oil. We won’t be completely dependent as we are now. We are complete hostage to imported oil in Atlantic Canada and in large portions of Quebec.”
Black says witnesses have told the senate hearings repeatedly that any pipelines built now can be filled.
“We heard from the NEB this morning, their projections for energy growth in Alberta between now and 2040. We are going from production of about 1.5 million barrels a day to as much as six million.”
“We’re being naive, we need to ensure that Energy East is built, not only so we can get our product out of Canada and get world prices, but also so we can displace these 700,000 barrels a day.”
Besides the NEB, the hearing as also heard from Kinder Morgan, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, and Alberta Economic Development to name a few.