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This maps shows the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Project – File

By Energeticcity.ca staff 

Energy giant Enbridge has filed its application to the National Energy Board for the construction of an 1,100 kilometer pipeline between the oil sands and Kitimat.

With the Gulf of Mexico oil leak dominating headlines, company spokesperson Jennifer Varey says the application does address environmental concerns.

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The consortium running the project, the Northern Gateway Alliance, says people living in communities affected by the pipeline will have access to information about the pipeline’s regulatory reviews, and will have their voices heard.

Greenpeace B.C. Director Stephanie Goodwin says the pipeline is strategically important to Alberta’s oil sands.

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Enbridge says communities would collect about $36 million annually in property taxes, but Goodwin says claims of job creation and economic spin-offs to B.C. communities are overstated.

The twin pipelines are expected to cost at least $4.5 billion, and could be completed by 2015.

For more on the project, visit http://www.northerngateway.ca/

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