NEB approves replacement for Enbridge’s Line 3

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CALGARY, A.B. — The National Energy Board has approved replacement for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline from Alberta into the U.S. — subject to 89 conditions.

The board says the $7.5-billion Line 3 involves rebuilding a 1,660-kilometre pipeline, and will be under conditions to promote safety, environmental protection and consultation between the company and stakeholders.

The federal government must now make a decision on the project and it must still go through separate approval processes in the U.S. before construction can begin.

The project involves rebuilding a half-century old pipeline from Hardisty to Superior, Wisconsin that’s currently operating at half capacity because of reliability concerns.

Regulatory wrangling in Minnesota has already delayed its planned startup by two years, to 2019.