Friday, October 24th1.7°C
23711
23040

Gateway pipeline decision Tues

The federal government will announce its much-anticipated decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline after markets close on Tuesday.

Under its own rules, the Conservative government has a June 17 deadline for the final word on whether the 1,200-kilometre pipeline can be built linking the Alberta oilsands to a port on the British Columbia coast.

The $7-billion project is worth an estimated $300 billion in gross domestic product over 30 years and Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford has hinted the cabinet decision will be a positive one for the project.

But the pipeline faces steep opposition from many First Nations and environmental groups in B.C. and several aboriginal groups have already threatened court challenges should the federal government give it the go-ahead.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says the project still has not met the five conditions the province has set out for approval.

Both the NDP and the Liberals urged the federal government during question period to reject the project, pointing to opposition by aboriginal communities and environmental concerns.

The Canadian Press

COMMENTS WELCOME

Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.



Read more BC News

21350


Recent Trending





23006




22804






Member of BC Press Council


23581