Bunk about the pipeline

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2005

Larry Wood's letter of Sept. 28 concerns the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Project, which has been on the books for over 25 years. It was the subject of a treaty between Canada and the United States which is still valid today.

Gas prices now can easily support the pipeline being built. It will mean jobs and gas for Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Both the United States and Canada will benefit and the United States will increase its domestic supply of hydrocarbons. What needs to be said here for people like Larry is that Canada is the largest supplier of hydrocarbons to the United States. Yes indeed, your Canadian friends and neighbors send more hydrocarbons to the U.S. than anyone else. Check it out. You'll find I'm right.

Canada has as much oil in the Alberta Tar Sands as Saudi Arabia. That source should help both countries to get off the Mideast supply with the strings that are attached to it. Every day, 3.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas goes down to the United States through the pre-built sections of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline - through Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. TransCanada Pipelines owns that line.

These sections were built in the 80s. There are other lines going into the states as well. Building and maintaining the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline will mean just as many jobs as building a gas line from Prudhoe to Valdez. Canada is not going to rob Alaska gas from the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline and tax it to death, as Larry infers.

Read the Northern Pipeline Act (Canadian Law, passed by the Canadian Parliament in response to the USA-Canada Treaty). It states that the volume of what goes into that line in Prudhoe will come out when it emerges in the states. All that tax stuff in the editorial is all bunk. Canadians (and Yukoners) and Americans (and Alaskans) need that line now. Let's not get sidetracked.

Joe Ballantyne

Whitehorse, Yukon

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