The federal government is expected to announce its decision Tuesday on two Enbridge-backed pipeline projects, Line 3 and the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
The projects would carry bitumen from northeast of Edmonton to Kitimat, B.C. along the B.C. coast and from Alberta to Wisconsin.
If constructed, the Northern Gateway Pipeline would span 1,200 kilometres and would carry 525,000 barrels per day.
The National Energy Board and the former Harper government gave the green light to the pipeline but the federal court overturned those approvals earlier this year, saying Ottawa failed to consult with local First Nations along the project’s route.
The pipeline has faced strong opposition from First Nations and environmental groups because it passes through B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest and would lead to an increase in tanker traffic.
But supporters of the project, like Natural Resources critic Mark Strahl say it is vital to Canada’s economy.
The Northern Gateway Project is expected to cost $7.9-billion.
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The Line 3 project, the largest pipeline project in Enbridge’s history, would be a 1,659-kilometre pipeline that would carry oil from a terminal near Hardisty, Alta., to Superior, Wis.
This would nearly double the pipeline’s existing volume to 760,000 barrels a day of light, medium, or heavy crude. That could increase to 915,000 a day with more permits and pump stations.
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