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Poll: Canadians sour on energy exports to Asia

06.10.2014  | 

About 54% of almost 3,500 Canadians surveyed in the online poll said the hazards exceed the advantages of shipping crude oil and liquefied natural gas to Asia, up from 51% a year ago.

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By DOUG ALEXANDER
Bloomberg

Canadians are less convinced about the benefits of exporting energy to Asia, according to an Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada poll.

Fifty-four percent of almost 3,500 Canadians surveyed in the online poll said the hazards exceed the advantages of shipping crude oil and liquefied natural gas to Asia, up from 51% last year, the Vancouver-based organization said Tuesday in a report.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government must decide by June 17 whether to approve Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, which would transport Alberta oil through British Columbia to the Pacific Coast where it could be shipped to Asia. 

A majority of British Columbians want Harper to reject or delay the project amid concern it could lead to spills, a Bloomberg-Nanos poll published last week showed.

Support has dwindled for building pipelines to move oil to the ports, with 42% in favor compared to 45% in 2013, the Asia Pacific Foundation report found. The idea of building pipelines to move natural gas to Canada’s west coast ports is less popular than a year ago, with 49% in support compared to 54% in 2013.

The survey underscored environmental concerns. Forty percent of respondents said tankers should be allowed to carry liquefied natural gas (LNG) into west coast waters, with 44% opposing. Last year, both views had 42% support, the report said. Only 37% said oil tankers should enter west coast waters, with 48% opposed, the survey found.

Canada should give priority to relations with the US rather than venturing into Asia too quickly, 54% surveyed said. That’s up from 49% in 2013.

Findings are based on a survey of 3,487 Canadian adults between Feb. 25 and March 7 conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion.



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Hitendra Vansadia
06.11.2014

Canada should definitely explore Asian market and should not rely on US market only. Recently US market has been stopping force for oil sands' growth, Keystone pipiline being very good example. Asian market is growing so why not to tap into it?

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