Yes to the Enbridge pipeline, with conditions

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Montreal's mayor was among several concerned officials who voiced their concern about the proposed oil pipeline reversal that would pump 300,000 barrels of crude oil a day through Quebec.

Oil company Enbridge has long wanted to use the pipeline to bring its product, most of which consists of Alberta tar sand oil, to refineries in Quebec, including Montreal.

But environmentalists, agriculture producers and local mayors are all extremely wary of the company's plans. 

Given Enbridge's recent safety record it isn't a big surprise that there are concerns around the pipeline's safety.

Denis Coderre says he hopes that the provincial and federal governments are taking those concerns as seriously as he is.

Last year Montreal area municipalities, environmentalists and others submitted a long list of recommendations to the National Assembly, including the creation of a billion dollar contingency clean up fund.

"Now we're saying, what are you doing with those recommendations?" Coderre said a press conference. He was flanked by environmentalist Steven Guilbeault, Terrebonne mayor Jean-Marc Robitaille and agriculture producers' union president  Marcel Groleau. "How are you going to follow up?"

Coderre said he welcomed the possible economic boost the pipeline might bring.

But he stressed that public health, public safety and the environment had to be respected

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