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National Energy Board Sidestepping B.C. on Northern Gateway Pipeline

Source:  Copyright 2013, Globe and Mail
Date:  December 5, 2013
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The National Energy Board is planning to bypass British Columbia as it unveils a long-awaited decision on whether it supports or opposes the Northern Gateway pipeline that will have a massive impact on the province.

The board plans to hold a media lock-up in Calgary, but does not have similar plans to brief reporters in British Columbia, says an official with the independent federal agency established to regulate international and interprovincial issues around the electrical utility, gas and oil sectors.

Board spokesperson Sarah Kiley said Thursday that the board recognizes there is an interest in B.C. in the subject, and said there is no final plan yet.

The office of the B.C. Environment Minister declined comment on the situation, but the opposition environment critic said it was outrageous not to unveil the report in B.C.

"The risk of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline is B.C.'s. The biggest implications of approval are to ...

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