Edmonton, AB (November 29, 2016): Dr. David Swann made this statement on the approval of the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines:
“I am pleased by today’s Federal approval of the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines. This is very good news for Albertans. There is still a long road to travel before we see the jobs and investment these pipelines promise but for now it feels good to look ahead and see new growth and new opportunity.
“I and the Alberta Liberals have always supported a cost on carbon and an emissions cap on the oilsands.
“Our issue with the government’s plan has always been the lack of clarity in the way their carbon tax was to be spent and a lack of a careful analysis of the impact on Albertans and Alberta businesses. Even now, months later, we have yet to see an analysis on the potential costs of the Climate Leadership Plan independent of potential pipelines.
“We must remember that pipelines are not a sure thing. Before a shovel goes in the ground and a drop of oil goes west, the Trans Mountain pipeline must meet 157 conditions and acquire the social license of First Nations and other communities in B.C.
“Nonetheless, today is an excellent day for Alberta and Albertans.”