It is hoped construction will begin by 2020 on a railway from Fort McMurray to Delta Junction, Alaska. It would be over 2,400 kilometres in length.
In the future, an access line could be added in the Peace Region.
“Potentially, there could be an access line – a spur line – from either here or Saddle Hills, going up and connecting with it,” said Daryl Beeston, Division 2 Councillor for the County of Grande Prairie.
Beeston recently attended a G7G meeting where they provided an update on the project.
The rail line would carry mainly oil, forestry and agricultural products to many remote communities.
“The oil would go down to the port of Valdez,” Beeston said. “This would also provide access for a lot of isolated communities too… A lot of them aren’t even serviced by road, they’re only serviced by air or by water. By having the rail go through, it would really help to open the north.”
Beeston went on to add this is something that would be great for our economy.
“When we originally built the rail roads, they were built by people with vision. I think this is one where people are stepping forward and it is a big project, but it’s something that the country needs now.”
The project is already fully funded with approval from all 27 Indigenous communities it plans to pass through.
It would carry between one and 1.5 million barrels of oil per day.