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BC supports Enbridge project if environmentally-sound: Bell

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Jobs Minister Pat Bell says there’s no need for an environmental review of the Enbridge project to drag on for years.

The province is sitting on the fence as thousands of people sign up to speak about the pipeline project stretching from the Alberta tar sands across BC to Kitimat. Bell tells us just because the project is complicated doesn’t mean they need to spend four or five years analyzing it.

“What we want to see is a thorough review. If the project can be completed in a way that is environmentally-sound, that manages any of the risks in a way that is appropriate, then we’re in favour of seeing it move forward. If the project can’t be done in an environmentally-safe way then we don’t want to see it move forward,” he says.

The National Energy Board could rule on the project by late 2013. Various environmental groups are against it while the prime minister has complained radical eco groups have hijacked the hearings.