The federal government has given the project a conditional green light, but proponents must now demonstrate how conditions will be met and undertake further consultations with Aboriginal communities as part of next steps in the regulatory process.
“In December 2013, the Joint Review Panel found that construction and operation of the Northern Gateway Pipelines project is in the public interest, subject to 209 conditions being met by the proponent,” a news release from the Government of Canada reads. “After carefully reviewing the report, the government accepts the independent panel’s recommendation to impose 209 conditions on Northern Gateway Pipelines’ proposals.”
The review included feedback from over 1,450 participants in 21 different communities, reviewing over 175,000 pages of evidence and 9,000 letters of comment.
The National Energy Board, responsible for some 73,000 kilometres of pipeline transporting crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products, will now issue Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity to Enbridge.