Iron Horse Trad­ing

Alberta Oil - - OBSERVER -

CAL­GARY-BASED CHALEUR TER­MI­NALS plans to trans­port 150,000 b/d of Al­berta and Saskatchewan crude by rail to Belle­dune, New Brunswick, where it will be trans­ported by a 3.7-kilo­me­ter above­ground pipe­line, and loaded onto tankers for ex­port. Cana­dian Na­tional Rail­way (CN) has two ex­ist­ing path­ways to trans­port the oil from Al­berta to Belle­dune, and the ex­port ter­mi­nal is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion. “We are look­ing at a va­ri­ety of des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Europe, Asia and the U.S., and this pro­posed project pro­vides an ex­cel­lent mar­ket-ac­cess op­por­tu­nity to tide­wa­ter,” says John Lev­son, vice-pres­i­dent of Chaleur.

So far, the project has largely passed un­der the radar, avoid­ing the kind of rep­u­ta­tional dam­age in­flicted by pro­tes­tors to En­ergy East. That is, un­til now. Mi’gmaq First Na­tions groups in Que­bec have taken le­gal ac­tion against Chaleur and the gov­ern­ment of New Brunswick. They say the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the project has not been prop­erly re­searched and al­lege that the prov­ince did not con­sult with them ad­e­quately. Chaleur re­futes the claim. While many com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing non-First Na­tions, have voiced op­po­si­tion to the project, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers have been largely sup­port­ive, say­ing that the project would cre­ate a num­ber of tem­po­rary and full-time jobs, and open up the Cana­dian oil mar­ket.

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