Enbridge $7.5 Billlion Pipeline Replacement Gains Conditional Approval

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Canada’s National Energy Board has granted conditional approval to a massive Enbridge Inc., project to replace a pipeline that would enable more Canadian crude to flow into the U.S.

The $7.5-billion Line 3 Replacement project involves rebuilding a 1031-mile (1,660-kilometer) pipeline that’s nearly a half-century old and has had several ruptures over the years.

The pipeline would enable 760,000 barrels a day to be shipped from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin. The aging line is currently shipping about half of that.

The board’s decision Monday comes with 89 project-specific conditions to enhance public safety and environmental protection.

There are separate U.S. permitting processes the project must undergo before construction can begin.

The project would be the largest undertaking in Enbridge’s history but has drawn less attention than other pipeline proposals.

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