The West doesn’t need Quebec to get its oil flowing East. There is another way – by Terence Corcoran (Financial Post – November 6, 2019)

Oil could move year-round through a pipeline-to-tanker operation loaded from a facility on the West Coast of Hudson Bay

The future of Alberta’s oil and gas resources has never looked grimmer. Anti-pipeline activists promoting the ideology of climate change have infiltrated federal and provincial governments, leaving Canada’s fossil-fuel rich Western provinces in seeming isolation.

Some First Nation groups and environmentalists went to court Tuesday to shut down the Trans Mountain XL oilsands pipeline to Canada’s West Coast. In Quebec, Bloc Québécois federal leader Yves-François Blanchet and Premier François Legault promise to block any attempt to build new pipeline capacity through their province to Canada’s East Coast.

There is an alternative for the West, for Alberta’s oil and maybe for the future of Confederation. To put it bluntly, the West doesn’t need Quebec. To get oil to the East and other parts of the world, where fossil fuel demand is set to grow no matter how hard the United Nations tries to shut it down, veteran Canadian energy transport expert Michael H. Bell has a plan.

In articles on this page as recently as last year, Bell outlined a proposal that would liberate Alberta and Saskatchewan from the constitutional clutches of Quebec and British Columbia.

“Canada could economically and safely ship oil from Alberta by pipeline to Hudson Bay, where it would be picked up by tanker for transport over the top of Quebec and Newfoundland and delivered to the East Coast —and ultimately the rest of the world.”

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