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 ...