Enbridge Northern’s Proposed 730-Mile Twin Pipelines Under Review

July 2010 Vol. 237 No. 7

With the filing of the Northern Gateway Pipeline project application by Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, Canada’s Joint Review Panel will review the project under both the national Energy Board Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The Panel will first review the application to determine if it contains sufficient information to initiate the joint review process and issue a Hearing Order. The Hearing Order will outline the various ways people can participate in the review process, deadlines for key steps of the process and a draft List of Issues which will be considered for the project. All of these sessions will be public and advertised in local media. A complete schedule will be posted on the National Energy Board’s website and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s website.

The proposed project involves construction of two pipelines and construction and operation of the Kitimat Marine Terminal. The two pipelines are each 1,170 kilometers in length, from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia. One 36-inch outside diameter line would carry on average 525,000 bpd of petroleum products west to Kitimat. The other line, a 20-inch outside diameter pipeline, would carry on average 193,000 bpd of condensate east to Bruderheim.