Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Municipalities Group Debate Sending Letters of Support for Pipelines

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Municipalities Group Debate Sending Letters of Support for Pipelines

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Alberta municipalities debate pipeline support

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EDMONTON - Delegates at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention will be debating a pair of resolutions to send letters to the National Energy Board to support Energy East and Kinder Morgan pipelines.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says the message should hold some weight, even if the association doesn't have standing at the hearings.

He says it shows elected officials across the province strongly support the projects because it creates jobs and helps the economy.

The hearings into the Energy East pipeline have been delayed after protesters disrupted meetings in Montreal last month and then panel members resigned after being accused of bias.

Critics charged the panel was biased after learning that two of three panellists met last year with former Quebec premier Jean Charest, then a consultant for TransCanada (TSX:TRP). …

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