Oil industry group: Trans Mountain panel subjected to 'abuse' from opponents

CALGARY - A vice-president at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says some criticism of the Trans Mountain pipeline review process has been shameful and even abusive.

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Nick Schultz spoke on behalf of the industry lobby group before the three-member panel at the National Energy Board's Calgary headquarters.

After two weeks of oral arguments from interveners in Burnaby, B.C., the hearings have shifted to Calgary, where virtually all of Canada's energy firms have their head offices.

Schultz says the panel has weighed all relevant concerns, but that nothing will satisfy those who are against all pipelines, anywhere.

About 15 protesters gathered outside of the NEB's offices as the day's session began -- a much more subdued demonstration than in Burnaby last month.

Matt Hammer, an organizer with the Calgary Climate Action Network, says the pipeline review process is broken -- even with recent changes introduced by the federal government last week.


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