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This is in reference to the Manitoba Municipality of Pipestone in the southwest corner of the province on the Saskatchewan border.

The Sun story says, in a little noticed deficiency report last month on an oil pipeline upgrade project, a National Energy Board inspector noted several environment violations by Calgary based Enbridge Incorporated along the construction corridor.

The $7.5 billion project involves replacing a half century old pipeline, which carries Alberta crude to Wisconsin. Once completed, Enbridge hopes to win approval to double its capacity to 760,000 barrels a day.

The NEB inspectors reportedly found the line itself was safe and solid, but their concern went to sloppy practices around wetlands construction sites, near the community of Cromer.

None of the damage was deemed outrageous or irreparable, but the newspaper says, cumulatively, it was a mess.

The story also claims Dave Core of the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Association, blames the federal government as much as Enbridge.

The conclusion, to what is listed as originally a Reuters News Agency File, is if Ottawa and Enbridge stand any chance of getting the Northern Gateway Project accepted in B.C., both of them will have to tighten up their respect for property rights and property owners.

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