Another Mega-project has been approved by the Government of Canada. The Northern Gateway is a proposed 1,200 kilometer twin pipeline that would carry bitumen from the oil sands in Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. From there, the crude would be shipped to Asian markets.
The $7-billion pipeline would be developed by Enbridge, a major
Canadian energy delivery company based in Calgary. The application to the National Energy Board was submitted in 2010.
Since then, a review panel hosted consultations and heard from residents
of the affected communities. The panel eventually approved the project, but with 209 conditions to be met. It is not a surprise that many still disagree to say the least.
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