Canada is one of the world’s major oil producers, and nearly all of it is exported to a single country — the United States.
But as U.S. demand is falling, Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, is considering plans to build giant pipelines from Canadian oil fields to the Pacific Ocean, so Canadian oil can be shipped on to Asia.
With a decision expected on one proposal shortly, there’s growing tension between the oil company and the indigenous communities, known as Canada’s First Nations, who live along its route. The BBC’s Elizabeth Davies reports from Kitimat, British Colombia.
- Elizabeth Davies, journalist for BBC News.