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Canada approves pipeline to Pacific Ocean, with conditions

Published on Jun 18, 2014 6:25 AM
 
Construction materials for the Rio Tinto Alcan modernization project are shown at Hospital Beach outside the town of Kitimat, in northern British Columbia on April 12, 2014. Canada approved construction on Tuesday of a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean, opening up one of the world’s largest oil fields as Washington dithers over another route. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada approved construction on Tuesday of a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean, opening up one of the world’s largest oil fields as Washington dithers over another route.

The Northern Gateway project gained momentum after US President Barack Obama delayed a decision on another pipeline – Keystone XL – first proposed in 2008 to move Alberta bitumen to refineries along the US Gulf Coast.

The oil conduit from landlocked Alberta to the sea would propel further development of the province’s oil sands, unleashing tremendous economic kickbacks for Canadians, said Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford.

An independent review panel had recommended approving the project, with 209 conditions to mitigate environmental impacts, the minister explained, signalling the government agreed.

 
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