With Keystone XL, Northern Gateway and Energy East pipelines stalled at the gate, the Alberta Energy Regulator has given a tentative stamp of approval to the $3-billion Grand Rapids oil pipeline.
Along with the “OK” comes 26 conditions. Considerably less than the more than 200 needed before the Northern Gateway can proceed.
The pipeline in question will send up to 900,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day from Fort McMurray to Edmonton.
Some landowners and First Nations affected by the pipelines route are concerned about the project.
The Athabasca Chipewyan has called it the “mother of all pipelines,” with a capacity nearly double what the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline would ship to the B.C. coast.