Hearings on Enbridge pipeline begin today
National Energy Board hearings begin Tuesday morning to debate Enbridge's proposed project to reverse the flow of oil from its southern Ontario and Quebec pipeline.
If the project is approve it would bring Alberta oil to Montreal refineries.
Some environment groups say that Enbridge's plan will run a more corrosive kind of oil through its Line 9 and it will increase the risk of a leak.
But others disagree and say the $129 million plan is crucial.
“The current market price for crude oil from Western Canada is more competitive,” Dimitri Tsingakis, General Manager of the Industrial Association of the East End of Montreal, told CJAD.
“Obviously when you have a supply source that is more competitive it helps you compete with other players in the same industry who currently have access to that cheaper supply source.”
Both sides will be debating their point of view at the National Energy Board hearings that will be held at the Palais des Congrès for the next four days.
Other groups participating include the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, the Town of Rigaud and the environment group Équiterre.
Hearings will also be held in Toronto from October 16 to 19.
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