Work continues on proposed Northern Gateway pipeline


Photo: The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project spans from Bruderheim, AB, to Kitimat, B.C.

By Christine Rumleskie

Draft by draft, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project continues to develop.

Spokesperson Kevin Brown gave a brief update on the proposed $4.5 billion project at Thursday’s Peace River Regional District meeting in Dawson Creek.

Brown says the proposed route has undergone several changes since the last time he spoke to the board in January.

He says officials in Burns Lake had concerns of the project’s location to the community forest. So, he says, Northern Gateway switched the route.

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The twin pipeline project would span from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitamat, B.C. While the project won’t run through the North Peace, it will run south through a chunk of PRRD land.

Brown says a three person panel will review the Northern Gateway project over the next three years. He says during that period, there’s going to be plenty of time to work with the joint review panel, and for local governments to take part in the project’s review process.

Then, Brown says the Northern Gateway team will wait for one of three responses.

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Representatives from the Enbridge project should receive a decision sometime in 2013. The project should take around three years to construct.