CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A report from a Canadian energy research organization states the economy of British Colombia would benefit most from planned oil pipelines.
Pipeline company Enbridge is among energy players seeking to build or expand oil pipelines that would carry so-called tar sands oil from Alberta province to ports in British Columbia for export to Asia.
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark called for greater consideration for the regional environment while also calling for a "fair share" of the economic benefits that would reflect the provincial burden.
The Canadian Energy Research Institute, backed by the industry and governments, states the provincial government in British Columbia would get more than half of the benefit to the gross domestic product from pipeline developments, reports the Calgary Herald.
The CERI report backs conclusions reached by Enbridge. Clark, the Herald adds, said the expected profits aren't enough to offset the environmental risks.
The safety record for Enbridge was tarnished by two pipeline spills in the same network in the United States.
The Canadian government set a Dec. 31, 2013, deadline for Enbridge to deliver its assessment on the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline.