EDMONTON - The senior Enbridge executive in charge of the Northern Gateway project says her company is listening to critics and is determined to build the safest pipeline in company history.
Janet Holder says the project has been in planning for a decade and that Enbridge (TSX:ENB) is making ongoing changes in response to concerns.
Holder made the comments to reporters in Edmonton, where she is sitting in on the federal review hearings into the project.
The $6-billion line would carry Alberta crude oil across B.C. to a coastal port for shipment by tanker to markets in Asia.
A federal panel is conducting hearings on whether there is a financial need for the line and whether Enbridge is taking all necessary steps to prevent and clean up any spills.
During hearings Friday, a lawyer for the B.C. government suggested to Enbridge officials that the spill clean-up costs they've estimated for Northern Gateway would only have covered a small fraction of what was needed to clean up a recent Enbridge spill in Michigan.