The Canadian joint review panel (JRP) hearings, on whether to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, which would deliver crude from Alberta's oilsands to Kitimat, British Columbia (B.C.), for shipment to Asia, began January 10, 2012. More than 4,300 people signed up to address the joint review panel regarding the proposed pipeline. The hearing process is expected to take 18 months.
One day before the JRP hearing were set to begin Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver released an open letter which claimed foreign and radical groups "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda," stack the hearings with people to delay or kill "good projects," attract "jet-setting" celebrities and use funding from "foreign special interest groups."
"Just because a lot of people want to talk, it doesn't mean the process is broken. In fact, a lot of people would say the opposite," said Gerald Butts, president and CEO of WWF Canada.
Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus said that Minister Oliver's open-letter "pits people against each other. The federal government should be brining people together. That should be the focus."
View January 12, 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) article
View January 9, 2012 Open-letter from Joe Oliver, Canada Minister of Natural Resources
View January 9, 2012 Open-letter from Elizabeth May, Canadian Green Party Leader
View January 9, 2012 Open-letter from John Bennett, Executive Director Sierra Club Canada
View January 9, 2012 CBC News article
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January 9, 2012 Globe and Mail articles
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