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Canadian regulator OKs oil pipeline to Pacific

Source:  Copyright 2013, Associated Press
Date:  December 19, 2013
Original URL: Status ONLINE
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Canada`s regulator recommended Thursday that the government approve a proposed pipeline to the Pacific coast that will allow Canada`s oil to be shipped to Asia despite environmental concerns.

A three-person review panel said opening Pacific markets to Canadian oil is important to the economy and thus supported Enbridge`s controversial pipeline. There are 209 conditions, but no major potential stumbling blocks such as a route change.

Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver said the government will review the report and consult with affected aboriginal groups before making a decision.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s Conservative government has staunchly supported the pipeline after the United States delayed a final decision on TransCanada`s Keystone XL pipeline to take oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Northern Gateway pipeline will transport 525,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta`s oil sands to the Pacific to deliver oil ...

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