Fort St. James Sustainability Group members Kandace Kerr and Brenda Gouglas questioned Enbridge experts in Prince George Oct. 29.
The two women stood up and each cross-examined the panel of experts on some of the specifics of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
Gouglas questioned the proponent on spill response plans and organization, with the experts unable to answer questions regarding specific plans and organizations they would be working with, saying the plans are still being worked on.
While Gouglas was concerned the planned control point for a spill into the Stuart River is 49.3 km downstream of where the pipeline crosses the river, the company expert said the location is subject to change.
Kerr’s questions also looked at some aspects of emergency response, and she also raised some questions around site remediation if a spill was to occur, to which the response was, if the site was not remediated within a year, there would be a compensation process to release the Northern Gateway Project from any further liability. She also confirmed the Fort St. James pumping station is the nearest one to occupied dwellings of the pump stations along the pipeline route.
The questioning by the Fort St. James Sustainability Group featured in a story in the Prince George Citizen on October 30 as well.