Enbridge criticized over Northern Gateway job estimate
Posted on March 22, 2012 11:34 am
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues in “Enbridge Pipe Dreams and Nightmares,” that the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline will create 1,850 construction jobs per year for three years and a “handful of permanent new jobs” when complete.
The report, released today, is the latest claim in the a contentious debate over the impact that the 1,177-kilometre dual-pipeline will have on the country’s jobs market.
Enbridge has long maintained that the pipeline will create 62,700 person years of construction employment across Canada over three years and 1,150 long-term jobs.
For author and economist Marc Lee, the report represents a shift in tactics for pipeline opponents who have until recently focused mainly on the environmental — not economic — impacts.