Enbridge seeks three-year extension to revive stalled Northern Gateway project

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Currently, Enbridge is required to start construction on the Northern Gatewayt pipeline by the end of this year as one of the 209 conditions attached to the 2014 federal approval of the project.

Enbridge Inc. is seeking a three-year extension to allow the company to resolve the challenges facing the Northern Gateway pipeline, rekindling hopes that the project that has been stalled due to fierce opposition and regulatory roadblocks may be built.

The project connecting the oilsands to global markets via a marine terminal in Kitimat on the British Columbia coast, was approved by the previous federal government in June 2014 but with 209 conditions, including a sunset clause that stipulated the permit will expire if construction did not begin by the end of 2016.

On Friday, the company and its partners applied to National Energy Board to extend the deadline to the end of 2019, as the 1,177-kilometre project faces opposition from aboriginal groups and local communities, apart from judicial challenges.

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