Calgary lawyer Barry Robinson, acting for three environmental groups from British Columbia, pushed Enbridge at Saturday hearings in Edmonton on the extent of Chinese ownership — not known at this time — and whether it was possible that China might try to take controlling interest in the proposed pipeline.
Robinson noted that China already has purchased a stake in Alberta’s oilsands deposits. Also, Chinese state-owned companies own the refineries in China that would handle the Alberta bitumen.
“Have you ever considered the scenario that China might want to close the loop and take a run at commercial control of the pipeline?” said Robinson, in questions directed to Enbridge officials at the federal Joint Review Panel hearings.
Enbridge vice-president Paul Fisher replied emphatically: “Absolutely not.”
Of course not. Enbridge would never make a blunder like that, would they?