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December 19, 2013
A federal review panel is set to release its report Thursday on the proposed $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline project that would transport Alberta oil to the B.C. coast for export overseas.
Environmental groups and many First Nations communities oppose the project over fears that tankers in northern B.C.’s waterways will increase the risk of devastating spills.
But the financial stakes are high, as revenue from the project could mean billions for the Alberta and B.C. governments, as well as for project owner Enbridge.
The 1,200-kilometre pipeline would carry Alberta oil through northern B.C. to a port in Kitimat, where it can be loaded onto tankers and shipped to markets in Asia.
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