The NeeStaNan Utility Corridor Project will be led by First Nations. Prairie commodities such as oil, wheat and potash are landlocked in Western Canada. Current methods of transporting these resources are costly and inefficient, involving transporting resources via rail or pipelines to the west through the Rocky Mountains to reach international markets.
Landlocked Canadian oil doesn’t attract world oil prices, representing lost revenues of approximately $20 million per day.
Canada’s oil sands are high emitters of greenhouse gases.
Prairie industries — including the oil sands — need cleaner energy.
Manitoba’s hydro electric potential is underutilized.