Public Interest Evaluation of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Submitted by: Living Oceans Society

The evidence:

A team of researchers at Simon Fraser University, led by Dr. Tom Gunton, assessed whether or not the TMEP could be considered to be in the public interest. They concluded that the project would cost Canadians between $4 and $9.1 billion, mostly represented by excess capacity to transport oil—which is to say, this pipeline is not even needed by the oil patch. Further, the project would be subsidized by preferential industrial electricity rates, costing B.C. Hydro about $27 million per year. The 342 direct jobs to be created according to the application may not even represent additional employment, as most labour-market studies show that there is a shortage of appropriately skilled labour available in Canada.