British Columbia Prohibits Oil Or Bitumen Transport Through LNG Pipelines

February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2

British Columbia has adopted a regulation to ensure pipelines built to support LNG facilities will not be permitted to transport oil or diluted bitumen. This follows concerns expressed in environmental assessments and by First Nations about the long-term pipeline use.

The new regulation will be applied under the Oil and Gas Activities Act and prohibits the BC Oil and Gas Commission from permitting any conversion of a natural gas pipeline supplying an LNG facility. British Columbia has 18 LNG proposals for export operations.

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