The Northern Gateway pipeline has received a lot of attention since it was announced. Did you know there is another in the works that is twice the size? TransCanada the company behind the Keystone XL proposal wants another pipeline going from Northern Alberta to Edmonton.
Like the other higher profile projects – the Grand Rapids project has generated a bit of controversy. A push by land rights lawyer to have the proposal going before the National Energy Board for review has failed. Darryl Carter argued the federal agency should oversee the review because the pipeline will eventually be connected with other lines heading south of the border into the US and to eastern Canada. The NEB accepted the companies assertion this is a build that will take place in Alberta only.
Now it will be up to the Alberta Energy Regulator to decide the fate of the $3-billion pipeline which would bring 900-thousand barrels of bitumen into could start construction later this year. Some landowners who will be affected by the line’s route are now considering their options.
[Source: Edmonton Journal]