It was interesting reading Neil Godbout's editorial on Level of Risk as it applies to two proposed projects; Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and the Haldi Road Women's Treatment Facility. However, in his editorial, Mr. Godbout misses the one over-riding important factor common to both proposed projects; Social License.
Enbridge knows it cannot build it's proposed pipeline without the social license of the residents in this province. If they were to try and force their pipeline through, without the approval of a majority of residents, what do you think would happen? Right off the bat, First Nations would be taking the company, and it's backing government, to court. There would be massive public outcry and protests.
So why should anyone be surprised about the legal action being taken by a concerned neighbourhood, when a local government, and it's project proponents, attempt to force a project through without receiving social license from that neighbourhood?
Enbridge knows how important receiving social license is, the question is; does mayor and council?