The proposed pipeline route from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, BC (source: National Energy's Board Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project).
The Harper government has approved the Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal.
In a brief statement posted online, Federal Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford says after carefully reviewing the joint review panel’s report released in December that supported the project, the government will also support it, providing 209 conditions are met.
“Today constitutes another step in the process. Moving forward, the proponent must demonstrate to the independent regulator, the (National Energy Board), how it will meet the 209 conditions. It will also have to apply for regulatory permits and authorizations from federal and provincial governments. In addition, consultations with Aboriginal communities are required under many of the 209 conditions that have been established and as part of the process for regulatory authorizations and permits. The proponent clearly has more work to do in order to fulfill the public commitment it has made to engage with Aboriginal groups and local communities along the route.”
The Harper government has approved the project as long as meets the 209 conditions are those laid out by the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel on the project. Sixty-five of the conditions include public consultation.
BC’s Five Conditions
As well as the 209 conditions to be met, there are also five conditions that BC government says must be met before the province . BC’s Environment Minister Mary Polack says that only one of the five conditions have been met.