Churchill in uproar over Alberta politician's proposal to purchase port

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The people of Churchill, Man., have little interest in becoming a port of call for Alberta oil, says a Manitoba business leader.

A proposal that Alberta purchase the port and use it as a shipping hub for oilsands crude has been met with resistance in the tight-knit community, said Dave Daley, president of the Churchill Chamber of Commerce.

Daley's criticisms follow a proposal from United Conservative Party leadership candidate Jeff Callaway that the Alberta government purchase the Manitoba port, positioned on the northwest shore of Hudson Bay, and ship oil there by pipeline.

For the majority of the population, the importance of preserving the environmental health of the region for tourists and residents alike outweighs any economic windfall a pipeline and tanker traffic might bring, Daley said in an interview Thursday with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.

"Everyone always wants jobs and security in that way but oil is pretty scary business, especially on the edge of Arctic," Daley said.
"As soon as that article hit town here there was a big uproar about 'Say no to oil.' "

At a news conference Tuesday in Edmonton, Callaway said tankers in Churchill could carry oil abroad and fetch a better price for Alberta, which has been running multibillion-dollar deficits in recent years.

"This has so many benefits not just for Alberta, but for Western Canada and Canada broadly," he said outside the legislature. "It's a small, small investment to make for prosperity in Western Canada."

The province would have to buy the port from its private owners, fix the railway going to it and build a pipeline as well, he said.
A road would also have to be built to the remote community, added Callaway, who is a former president of the Wildrose Party and a senior advisor with a global wealth management firm in Calgary.

Callaway said the cost of fixing up the grain terminals and the rail line would run about $20 million.

However, a recent engineering study done by the port's current owner, Denver-based Omnitrax, estimates the cost between $20 and $60 million

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'Pretty scary business': Churchill in uproar over Alberta politician's proposal to purchase port - Edmonton - CBC News
 

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For the majority of the population, the importance of preserving the environmental health of the region for tourists and residents alike outweighs any economic windfall a pipeline and tanker traffic might bring, Daley said in an interview Thursday with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.

Sure, because sitting on your ass and doing nothing while the port is closed
is always better than doing... anything.
 

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Please, don't make us rich. How re we going to rely on the gubmint if we make our own money?
 

petros

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Tourists aren't getting their by sailboat and besides, who wants to see blind polar bears stumbling around?
 

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..and there I was thinkin the old WW2 Prime Minister of Britain was freakin at Albert cause the money should have been better spent on Rum instead.
 

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They should seriously re-consider. Perhaps, that is where the LNG port should be now that the Europeans and Chinese are building a fleet of ice breaking LNG tankers. They don't have to be full of Russian gas.
 

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Who are the customers going to be?? As far as I see it the only ones that might be worth chasing down are customers to the south, like Mexico and further south.

Why fuk up a natural fishing ground that is in protected waters so no foreign ships can pirate the fish like they did on the Grand Banks? (an industry that was intentionally crashed)

They used to export wheat from the port. What the hell ... why not gas?
Why not fish from local plants?? (that don't exist) You would need a fleet of ships just to feed the fish so they are 'plump' when picked.
 

bill barilko

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Please, don't make us rich. How re we going to rely on the gubmint if we make our own money?
I see a future for you in politics.....

.... As far as I see it the only ones that might be worth chasing down are customers to the south, like Mexico and further south.
Apparently you've travelled very little if at all-FYI Mexico has all the petroleum they'll ever need and a huge export business.
 

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Who are the customers going to be?? As far as I see it the only ones that might be worth chasing down are customers to the south, like Mexico and further south.

Why fuk up a natural fishing ground that is in protected waters so no foreign ships can pirate the fish like they did on the Grand Banks? (an industry that was intentionally crashed)


Why not fish from local plants?? (that don't exist) You would need a fleet of ships just to feed the fish so they are 'plump' when picked.

Western Europe. They currently depend on Russia for a large amount of their gas. Russia can and does use the supply as a lever to advance their political agenda.
 

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They should seriously re-consider. Perhaps, that is where the LNG port should be now that the Europeans and Chinese are building a fleet of ice breaking LNG tankers. They don't have to be full of Russian gas.

With a broken rail line how are they getting diesel, propane and gasoline up there?

Maybe Alberta will fix the track. Canada's dragging its feet and the monopolists who own it are little better than slumlords

They were banking on the Feds to sell them the Crown Grain Car Corp's aluminum grain cars which were light enough to travel the line.