Federal review panel gives green light to Northern Gateway pipeline
A long-awaited federal panel decision approved Enbridge’s controversial $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline, but the project still faces major hurdles, including legal action by First Nations.
The B.C. Liberal government’s five conditions for heavy-oil pipeline support may also prove to be an obstacle.
B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak said there’s little chance the project can meet its five complex conditions during the 180 days the federal government has to make a final decision.
These obstacles raise the spectre of project delays beyond a decision by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, should it give the pipeline the go-ahead.
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