Slurry pipeline faces approvals hurdles for project in north Alberta
The approval process for the controversial Line 9 oil pipeline in northern Alberta is set to get underway next week, a senior official for TransCanada said Wednesday.
TransCanada has reached agreement with the Alberta government on the pipeline’s application to the federal government.
This week, the company is also expected to finish constructing an additional 3,100 kilometres of pipeline to move its oil into Saskatchewan’s tar sands.
The new route will also get approved by the Alberta Oil Sands Commission, which requires approval for the final project’s permit, according to the company, which is also the sole provider of oil to the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
TransCanada is currently negotiating with the federal government over the pipeline’s licence application, and has recently begun to consult with industry over potential risks and the best design.
“This is 카지노going to be a long process,” said Peter Linebaugh, a spokesman for Environment Canada’s climate change program.
“There is a lot of stuff that we have to consider.”
The company must submit several other documents for approval.
The company also hopes to secure an environmental assessment for the route, which would require approval from both the National Energy Board and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, among other governmental organizations.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the review process will look into environmental impact, spill prevention and construction risks.
She said that TransCanada won’t be able to complete its environmental assessment process until the company is ready to go ahead with construction.
“We’re looking to complete a final environmental assessment before we do the actual construction work,” she said.
“We’ll certainly look at it as we go along. So this is going to be one of the more lengthy challenges that we face in this process.”
Environmentalists opposed to the project said it would put Canada’s climate policy at risk with more Canadian oil goi카지노ng to markets abroad.
“The government must not rush approval, particularly for a project that has a signi룰렛ficant amount of environmental impact,” said David Suzuki of the Natural Resources Defense Council in a statement.
“In fact, TransCanada’s opposition to this project suggests that the government is moving in a very dangerous direction for Canada’s climate policy.”