Canada Builds $300 Million Highway To Nowhere, But Is There A Hidden Agenda?

Tyler Durden's picture

A new $300-million first of its kind ‘permanent’ highway will officially open in the Northwest Territories of Canada on Wednesday.

This will be the first time in Canada’s history that the national highway system will be linked to all coasts. The completion of the four-year project is said to connect the tiny Arctic coastal town of Tuktoyaktuk with the rest of the communities to provide better transportation for residents.

We think there could be another reason why Canada would build a highway to nowhere.

As explained by one citizen in the video below, the new route is called ‘road to resources’, it’s where major reserves of oil and gas reside, and at one time inaccessible due to poor infrastructure. 

The all-season 137-kilometer highway is the first of its kind that connects Inuvik to Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. The traditional route to Tuktoyaktuk involved ice roads in the winter, but as the seasons changed those roads were inaccessible. In the summer, the only way to travel north was by plane, which made it difficult to transport goods. The new road will be a game changer and its size indicates heavy machinery can be transported north, such as oil and gas platforms.

Darrel Nasogaluak, mayor of the Northwest Territories hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, said the permanent road is “something that’s been on the community’s want list for 40 years.” Nasogaluak might want to take back that statement in a few years, as what we expect the Canadian government could flood the region with oil and gas exploration teams.

According to Yahoo Canada News, 

The idea of a Canadian arctic road has resurfaced periodically within different levels of government, but in 2013, the federal government committed to paying two-thirds of the $300-million cost as one of four Canada 150 signature infrastructure projects.

Tuktoyaktuk is located in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories with 898 in total population.

According to the narrative that has been pitched by the Canadian government and press, the expanded roadways will serve as an economic lifeline to the region. Yes, this is true, but it will come at the expense of large corporations depleting natural resources.

This was once tried in the 1970s during the fuel crisis in the United States. Large corporations piled into the region in search of oil and natural gas. After the crisis, the cost of production became too expensive and oil and gas platforms were left offshore of Tuktoyaktuk.

Wally Schumann, N.W.T. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, spoke with the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories last month providing an outlook of extreme optimism of Canada’s first permanent road to the Arctic coast.

He also said, “progress to construct the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is exciting to observe. Once complete, Northerners will have contributed to fulfilling a vision of Canada connected by road from coast-to-coast-to-coast”. Schumann’s eagerness to nation build a $300 million road to nowhere leaves us questioning: what is the real agenda at play?

For the residents of Tuktoyaktuk the road has been pitched as an economic savings of $1.5 million per year or $1,500 per citizen in transportation costs. Many in the area see what’s coming and have already started preparing for the economic boom as explained by CTVNews:

The local bed and breakfast has added rooms. Tuk is developing RV parking sites and public facilities such as toilets.

Doing the math: $300 million / 898 citizen of Tuktoyaktuk comes out to be around $334,000.00 per citizen.

That is an astonishing number the Canadian government is willing to spend on a town to nowhere, nevertheless help 898 citizens travel more economically in all four seasons.

We stand by our claim there is an underlying agenda in play and the Canadian government along with the corporations that follow are more interested in natural resource exploration.

 As we find out, CBC News confirms our thoughts:

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) is seeking federal funding to study the feasibility of developing gas fields along the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway.

 

The IRC has long known about the fields, and is hopeful the new highway and advancements in technology will make the gas reserves more economical.

 

The IRC represents Inuvialuit from the communities of Aklavik, Inuvik, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tuktoyaktuk, and Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories.

Bottomline: Canada’s nation building involves building a very expensive road to nowhere, and we must fill in the blanks and understand the true agenda at play confirmed by CBC News is to ‘develop gas fields along Tuktoyaktuk Highway’...

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Cluster_Frak's picture

That makes for one helluva long pizza delivery, wink wink Satan loves all Innuit kids.

 

Edit. Turd-O Jr. will never allow for gas field development, given he is blocking development of the existing known reserves in Alberta.

wee-weed up's picture

Ha! Dim Senator KKK Byrd (WV) would be proud.

IH8OBAMA's picture

I hope they don't discover some endangered species of frog or tick that crosses that road.  The studies and solution would double the cost of that highway and delay it 15 years.

 

zuuma's picture

Tuktoyaktuk!

Awesome. That's where Molson ice threw their arctic concert in about 1996, or so.

Metallica, Hole, Courtney Love, etc.

My parents won a trip to that.

Good times.

Dormouse's picture

First rule of government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price. We need a northern wall before the hoards of Canadistani muslims invade. The OG Canadians are doomed, offer whites asylum and defer voting rights of a decade until they can assimilate to America First culture.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

no hidden agenda

 

Trudeau will never allow oil and gas in traditional indigingeous lands anyhow

or it'll be so bogged down in regulation that no one in their right mind would invest there where they are far more regulatory-relaxing environment (e.g. US) that seem to be far more interested in attracting capital

 

this is nothing but more of Junior's native first nations truth and reconcilliation policy of mass  for apoligization 

wildbad's picture

its for the women and children obviously.

This project is bigger than trudeau so he doesn't matter. not that he did anyway.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

exacly.

the article is still kinda right. it's about north sovereignty. 

but it's about that, despite Trudeau -- not because of Trudeau

they push it now so that when he's out of office, it's already in place for someone who actually cares about governing more than marketing

skbull44's picture

Lest anyone be unaware or forget, the Canadian government spent millions (billions?) of dollars supporting and advocating for the asbestos industry (especially in third world countries that had minimal regulations) long after it was shown that the product was highly carcinogenic.

It's all about profiteering...Canada is right up there with the worst of the worst but constantly markets itself as a advocate of environmental awareness and justice. I call bullshit!

 

https://olduvai.ca

shovelhead's picture

Those Thetford mines are still full of the stuff.

Eyes Opened's picture

Read it & weep....

 

A long time ago came a man on a track
Walking thirty miles with a sack on his back
And he put down his load where he thought it was the best
He made a home in the wilderness
He built a cabin and a winter store
And he plowed up the ground by the cold lake shore
And the other travelers came walking down the track
And they never went further, and they never went back
Then came the churches, then came the schools
Then came the lawyers, and then came the rules
Then came the trains and the trucks with their loads
And the dirty old track was the telegraph road 

Then came the mines, then came the ore
Then there was the hard times, then there was a war
Telegraph sang a song about the world outside
Telegraph road got so deep and so wide
Like a rolling river

And my radio says tonight it's gonna freeze
People driving home from the factories
There's six lanes of traffic
Three lanes moving slow

I used to like to go to work, but they shut it down
I've got a right to go to work, but there's no work here to be found
Yes, and they say we're gonna have to pay what's owed
We're gonna have to reap from some seed that's been sowed
And the birds up on the wires and the telegraph poles
They can always fly away from this rain and this cold
You can hear them singing out their telegraph code
All the way down the telegraph road 

You know, I'd sooner forget, but I remember those nights
When life was just a bet on a race between the lights
You had your head on my shoulder, you had your hand in my hair
Now you act a little colder, like you don't seem to care
But believe in me, baby, and I'll take you away
From out of this darkness and into the day
From these rivers of headlights, these rivers of rain
From the anger that lives on the streets with these names
'Cause I've run every red light on memory lane
I've seen desperation explode into flames
And I don't want to see it again

From all of these signs saying, "sorry, but we're closed"
All the way 
Down the telegraph road

Mazzy's picture

They've gotta build a road there to stake a claim before the Russians do.

ptolemy_newit's picture

wrong,

The north development and the great crossing has begun, Russia, China (alaska; not america) and the Koreas, will complete the “Great Bearing” tunnel, rail bridge oil and gas pipe lines.  The north and west are the shovel ready jobs .

President Vladimir V. Putin said "A modern transport infrastructure is the real road to Russia's future”.  By 2016 the plan is to construct 63,000 km of new roads and 8,600 km of railway route through Siberia to facilitate economic ties to the US.

Also the current traffic intensity and capacity utilisation levels will require more than a third of the roads in Russia to reconstruction and modernize; and we are talking about a network of 1,145,000 km in total!

We are looking at $25-35bn of Government spending annually on road infrastructure alone for the next 3-5 years.  All told, Russia is hoping to raise $1 trillion for infrastructure investment over the next 10 years, with as much as 80% of the financing coming from private sources, (private toll roads).

Current new / improved highways that are planned: 

1.      Amur                            Chita – Khabarovsk                   2097 km

2.      Kolyma                         Yakutsk – Magadan                   2021 km

3.      M-56 «Lena»                 Never – Yakuts                         1157 km

4.      M-60 «Ussuri»              Khabarovsk-Vladivostok            756 km

5.      Vostok»                        Khabarovsk - Nakhodka            824 km


 

Dontblamethegoat's picture

It worked so well for the Amazon ... what wonders await us in the frozen north tundra ... seems humans are too arrogant/stupid for their own good.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Turdoh will sell you out, the bids just aren't low enuff yet.

east of eden's picture

The problem with Alberta's oil and gas 'reserves' is not with the Federal Government, it is with the provinces. Both BC and every province east of Saskatchewan don't want aTrans Mountain or an energy east pipeline, partly because of the danger of a spill and partly because of the short pay back period such lines would provide. Electric vehciles are coming. In Canada, individual communties and small villages and cities are already generating their own electriity using wind and solar, leaving the multi-billion dollar electricity utilities scrtatching their heads as to how they will ever recoup their investments. Despite the doom-sayers, wind and solar have proven themselves, are now much more cost effective than large scale, intense cost projects, and the bonus is that neither wind nor solar impact the environemnt in the way that nuclear, coal, gas and hydro dams do. THey are also highly distributed meaning that an outage in one home/business will not affect other homes/businesses.

If you think abou this story for a moment, it makes sense. Tuktoyaktuk is on the Artic Ocean. The Arctic Ocean is now ice free for at least 5 months a year, which would allow ships to dock to load. In the more severe weather, or when the ice prevents sea borne transportation, a pipeline from Toktoyaktuk to the ports on the Alaskan Coast is much more 'doable' than any pipeline in the south. It is only 1,000 KM's from Inuvik to tidewater in Alaska, through country that no one claims as their ancestoral homelands.

So before you shoot your stupid mouth off, insult our Prime Minister and gernally make an asshole out of yourself - THINK.

Tactical Joke's picture

Get the hell out of here with that wind and solar nonsense. It makes no mathematical sense, and it's little more than feel-good nonsense.

Petroleum isn't going anywhere any time soon, leaf.

east of eden's picture

Germany, Denmark, and soon the Netherlands are or will be running more than 50% of baseload through wind and solar, so you get out of here, turd.

What I've found in the past is that the people who complain the most are the ones that are still smarting after losing their quarter million dollar pay packets. Tough luck bud.

Utopia Planitia's picture

Oh, you forgot to mention all the nuclear e- they are buying from France.  How convenient.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

Vancouver for most of the last month and pretty much at least the next 3-4 weeks accoridng to most forecasts, has about  7 hours of daylight each day -- and by daylight I mean thick cloud cover and rain

BRING ON DA SOLAR

Juggernaut x2's picture

Germany is also firing up mothballed coal gen plants to cover electricity demand shortfall for when the wind isn't blowing, fuckwit.

Sages wife's picture

It takes 8 barrels of crude to make one tire.

SoDamnMad's picture

Put in toll booths.  Small price for cars, tiny more for pickups , and a YUUGE amount for trucks.  That will pay for all the damage the trucks will do.

MisterMousePotato's picture

"It takes 8 barrels of crude to make one tire."

Well ... hm. I am no expert in tire manufacturing, and don't know much about the oil industry, but ...

If this were true, it would take about $400 just in crude oil alone to make a single tire, which is hard for me to reconcile with being able to buy four tires for - what? - bought 'em a year ago, so I don't remember exactly, but I think it was three hundred and change, including shipping from Tire Rack.

Yeah, yeah. I know. They'll make up for it in volume.

Volkodav's picture

      really?      not at all, but getting closer

      eroi is plummet makes all more cost in real

shovelhead's picture

But they can still sell a tire for $60? with a $400-500 input, excluding rubber and steel cost and manufacture?

Lol. That must be a Liberal Fact.

ReZn8r's picture

Your statement is a fucking lie. You should go suck on Al Gore's cock for a while.

vato poco's picture

and furthermore, your beloved little prime minister is a lightweight, drop-case, chrome-plated, limp-wristed, faggy-socks-wearing, cry-like-a-little-bitch-at-bad-news pussy man

Volkodav's picture

        when all costs calculated

        solar cannot, will not, eroi northern europe

        these big ideas suck taxpayers and naive initial investors

        similar to much of US fracking, and oil booms

 

Nobody For President's picture

I've been on solar power for 45 years, no corporate power lines ever, and it makes very good economic sense on an individual house/business. The amurican corporate wet dream of big, central solar power facilities feeding juice into the grid to transport and sell to the sheeple, maybe not so much.

You are right that petroleum ain't going anywhere soon, but there are much better uses for a finite resource than burning it up - as lubricants, plastic and other material stock etc. And electric transportation is upon us. I'm an old guy, will probably never own an electric car, but my kids will with the next vehicles they buy, and my grandkids already know they will never own a 'gas' car.

You are the one that is desperatly out of touch, calling wind and solar power 'feel-good nonsense' - it's already here - I'm typing on and reading from a computer (or three) all powered by solar electric, as well as all the homested tools ('cept the chain saws). It sometimes gets a little frustrating with the amazingly high number of head-in-the-sand zhers who seem to think solar electric is some sort of fad. Both my boys in the city now have a roof full of solar panels on their house - first son figured a six year pay back (he feeds his excess into the grid and runs his meter backwards) - it took five and has raised the resale value of his suburban house by more than the initial cost. Second son is about to move into his rebuilt house in silicon valley, he firgures 4 or 5 year payback, then it's gravy.

Sheesh -feels like I'm pissin' into the wind sometimes with the level of non-critical thinking about solar power on this list. I've lived with it exclusivley at Latitude ~41 for 45 damn years, and have all the lights and middle-class (more or less) stuff of most american homes - washer, dryer, frig, freezer - all that 'stuff', plus electric and rechargable battery power tools, plus too many computers and a cell phone. And it is cheaper, and around here, more reliable (less down time) than the local private utility (PG&E).

I know you are not gonna be bothered by facts, but backing into the future is a great way to get your ass kicked.

Dukes's picture

I'm all for facts, but a 4-5yr break even/payback sounds like bullshit.
I live in an area that pushes solar incessantly. City officials putting solar on city property, people available to help residents grab the most govt handouts associated with solar.
The lowest estimate I've seen for break even was at 15yrs and that was for optimal conditions, no breakdowns, etc.
I've personally looked at lining my entire south facing roof with panels to go off grid. The costs/math simply don't work. With subsidies it would be near 20yrs to break even. I'd love to be shown otherwise but I have seen no evidence it's possible.

chubbar's picture

Here's your math, just installed this last year, I'm not in the business but I help to do "self-installs" with owners if I know them. He bought an 16.8KW roof mounted system in Northern NH, grid tied so it feeds back into the grid when he is producing more than he is using. A couple of notes, the installation was cheaper than noted by about $1,000 and the system is tracking the production estimates. Also, it may be more expensive to install if you aren't doing it yourself, usual charges are around $1/watt, not $.50. The payback is still pretty fast and if you can do the whole thing without someone like myself helping, it would have cost him 8K less although the tax credit would have been less as well.

Also, I did a system half the size of this one for a friend 6 years ago and he is just now at break-even. He didn't get the $2500 rebate (different state) or the REC credits, which accounts for the difference. He's been averaging 12MWH/year on his system.

1). $17,100 for system

2). $  1,500 estimate for additional parts, wiring, etc.

3). $  8,415 Installation (.50 X 16,830Kwh system)

Total cost (est) $27,015

Return on Investment Calculation.

Assumptions, $.17/kwh cost, $35/Mwh REC credit, 30% tax credit, $2500 state rebate.

$27,015 X .70 = $18,910 cost after tax credit applied.

$18,910 - $2500 (state rebate) = $16,410 cost.

System will generate approximately 20,000 kwh per year.

(16.83kwh system X 4hrs/dayX 365 days X .80 (system inefficiency) = 19,657Kwh or 19.66 MWH.

20,000 kwh X $.17 = $3400 in deferred electric costs, assuming you use all or more of this generated electricity.

20mwh X $35 REC (renewable energy credit) = $700/yr

$3400 + $700 = $4100 savings/year.

$16,410 (total system cost after credits/rebates) divided by $4100 savings/year = 4 years to recoup entire cost of the system.

 

 

Dukes's picture

Thanks for all the details.  I'm in the same latitude of your install example so it's very relevant.  

There are groups in my area that get together and assist with installs like these on a volunteer basis.

How difficult is it for a mechanically skilled DIYer? I imagine it's not horrendously difficult.

In your experience, were there city/town regulations requiring an electrician to tie things in?  My understanding is that's pretty universal.

Beyond that, can a homeowner essentially do everything else themselves?

 

I pulled out my electric bill and looked over the past 12 months and it works out to 504kwh/month.

However, the rate is just under 0.12/kwh.  Add in all the other regualtory fees and crap and I average ~$120/month.

This looks like where I begin to diverge from the ROI calculations and extend them further out unless I'm getting paid from the utility for what I'm feeding back.  I do not know how that works or if it's at a rate commiserate with what I'm paying.  

Now I'm beginning to wonder if a big enough system can be financed and pay for itself by feeding back enough to the grid that will generate a payment to cover the monthly nut :)

 

 

chubbar's picture

Where I am you can only install if you are the property owner or a master electrician. The only item where an electrician has to technically be involved is hooking the grid tie system circuit breaker into the main panel, the easiest task in the install as it turns out. Other than that, a decent diy'er can do the install. The one caveat is that there are a lot of new codes that you won't know that are specific to solar. I took an online course which covered most of the code changes, but they've come out with a couple of new ones the past couple of years. One of the ones to look out for is that you need a DC cut off at the solar array unless the inverter is within 10' of the array. There are new technologies developed that accommodate this change but not everyone knows about it.

As far as feeding back and making money, it doesn't work like that. You are paid $35/MWH in REC credits in my area but other than that, you are only generating "BANK" credits by turning back your meter (net metering). If you don't use up your bank within a rolling 12 month period, the 13th month bank credit is wiped out. So, it really doesn't pay to oversize your solar system to where you are generating more than you use each year. From your usage you only need a small system, 4.2KW ish, maybe smaller. If you call Sunelec, they will engineer something for you over the phone and give you a price inclusive of racking, etc. You may want to consider making it a hybrid system (both battery based and grid-tied) so that it works with a power out situation. It's more expensive because of the battery bank and a bit more involved if you want to calculate for grid autonomy using your household appliance usage. Most people don't realize a straight grid tied system doesn't work with the grid power down. If you add in a generator for periods where the sun doesn't shine for a few days on end, you can be fairly independent of the grid when you want.

Look up any state rebates, etc. and then plug your numbers into the example I cited above. Also, I've found that www.sunelec.com has the cheapest solar stuff on the market, I'm not affiliated, do your own due diligence.

Bwana's picture

There is a big change coming in solar. The silicon cells are hellishly expensive and since most are made in China the quality varies. The new technology that is about to go mainstream is a non-silicon paint that puts out the same energy per square inch. It can also be made in different colors so a persons roof could be completely solar and blend in with the neighborhood. The best part is the cost is far lower and the coating can be repaired. This new technology has the potential to make solar practical and affordable.

newdoobie's picture

My power bill averages about $120 a month, the payback is about 20 years. solar cells have a life expectancy of 20 years, and the electronics controlling it last less than that.

FIAT CON's picture

Wrong... Solar panel warranty, to put out 80% for 20- 25 years. They just don't stop working at the 25 year date. 

shovelhead's picture

It's ok for individuals who don't have access to much cheaper electric utilities.

Let me know when you get 11 cents a kilowatt over a 25 year period with battery, converter and panel replacement.

Grid tie is ok but you never get a sell rate near a charge rate so that works into a cost as well. the only reason these systems become practical at all is because of the purchase subsidies.

My panels are basically an expensive 'fuck you utilities' gesture and for emergencies. They'll start making sense when they double the cost of grid juice.

FIAT CON's picture

Do you really think that your power will still cost you $.11/Kwh in 25 years?

 

Juggernaut x2's picture

Oil is found in many things you touch or use during the course of a day so oil is not going anywhere, dotard

east of eden's picture

Plastics didn't exist until after the second world war. There will be other sources of feed stock for what we need going forward.

You remind me of the yahoo's that spit all over wind and solar. Too expensive! Boondoggle. Crazy. Well, not so crazy after all, was it.

Get over yourself you fucktard.

Utopia Planitia's picture

Not even close to true.  Do you ever go to the library and read anything?

Utopia Planitia's picture

So you get all your information from the Internet?  The epitome of ignorance.  None of the quality journals with scientific or engineering information are available over the internet unless you have a very expensive subscription. Capice?  Also, MonSewer Eden does not want anybody using large-scale infrastructure, meaning NO INTERNET.

techpriest's picture

You know, I got a PhD in biorenewable chemistry (what you are describing) and it would actually be a good deal for oil. The new feedstocks are from ag sources, which are notoriously dependent on oil and gas for farm equipment and fuel. The revelation was enough to make me give up on green anti-humanism.

Also, solar in Canada? Did you spend even 5 minutes with a payback calculator? What will you do during winter when there's only 4 hours or less of sun? Keep solar to the south where it can actually generate something.

ptolemy_newit's picture

I would think that any solar or wind generation can easiy be supplimented during bad conditions with WISPERTECH motors; designed for remote, stand alone poor weather power generation.

Whisper Tech Limited; and recently then can burn most propellents.

we will never run out of oil before new tech replaces it; oil Sands are only profitable during war.

FIAT CON's picture

My rainy West Coast Canadian system has a 11 year payback at current hydro costs.

And with the recent increases that will be decreased substantially.

Utopia Planitia's picture

1. Good luck staying warm in the winter on your battery-powered golf cart, eh?  When the battery freezes (or drains) out in the middle of nowhere rescue will come in the form of a fire-breathing IC-powered tow truck. If anybody will even want to come after a fantasy bloke like you.

2. Good luck with solar power in areas where the sun barely rises (if at all) for months on end.  Speaking of which, do you know that both Sunlight and Wind have environmental purposes other than making electricity? One day the greenies are going to discover that and then they will come after your solar panels and catch-on-fire wind turbines.

3. I assume you have given up all HCs and commercial electricity for your own use?  No? Do you know how to spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t?

4. So now you want to pipe your filthy crude through the evil USA?  Take a hike TurdDough licker! Pump it across your own land or forget it!