Although opinion polls conducted in 2016 found a majority of Canadians support the country's major pipeline projects, the results also revealed a significant level of concern; an EKOS poll found "Canadians appear torn between a rising environmental ethic and deep anxieties about the economy."
In July, Petronas, a Malaysian oil and gas company, cancelled its Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas project in B.C. A weakened economic market and continuing opposition concerning greenhouse gas emissions were cited as the reasons.
While companies entering the pipeline business should do "as much upfront work in developing a clear strategy at the outset" to increase their chances of success, one expert says, all stakeholders need to work to reduce the adversarial environment in which projects can become ensnared.
Lexpert contributor Paul McLaughlin reports at www.lexpert.ca
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