Wood Buffalo could very well play a key role in ending the ongoing pipeline dispute.
On Thursday, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi was in town to discuss funding for public transit, however, the topic came up – more specifically the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Mayor Don Scott told reporters he would like to hold a pipeline summit if it could help end any disagreements.
He says this should not only benefit the region but the energy sector and Canada.
“If it’s going to assist matters, bring people to Fort McMurray and let them see the region for themselves and move the matter forward.”
Scott says he would look to invite people from different jurisdictions and British Colombia to see firsthand what is done with bitumen before it enters any pipeline.
He is also planning on bringing up the idea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who’s in Fort McMurray on Friday for a tour of Suncor Energy’s Fort Hills Site and roundtable discussions with industry and Indigenous leaders.
“If the Prime Minister calls upon this region to do other things if he thinks there is something that can be helpful then I would want him to communicate that.”