Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline rejected by Trudeau

Nov 30 2016, 5:32 am

The controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal to transport Albertan oil to the BC coast for shipping to Asia on tankers has been rejected by Justin Trudeau.

The two pipelines would have run 1,178 km between Bruderheim, Alberta and Kitimat, British Columbia, where a new marine terminal would have been built.

One pipeline would have moved 525,000 barrels of crude produced from oil sands per day to Kitimat. The other would have moved 193,000 barrels of natural gas condensate to Bruderheim, to be used to thin bitumen for pipeline transport.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trudeau said the project would have resulted in tankers moving through the Douglas Channel, part of the Great Bear Rainforest.

The Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal drew considerable criticism over the past few years, with protestors citing concerns over increased tanker traffic and oil spill risk.

Stephen Harper had already approved the project, with 209 conditions, but this was overturned by a court ruling requiring more consultation of First Nations people.

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