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Trudeau reiterates opposition to Northern Gateway pipeline route

Northern Gateway

The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline would travel through BC’s Great Bear Rainforest.¬†Getty Images photo by Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski

Trudeau promised no tankers along coast of northern BC, making Northern Gateway unfeasible

By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL, July 5 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to the route of Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline, casting further doubt on the prospects of a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists.

Canada’s former Conservative government had approved Northern Gateway, which would carry¬†oil from the Alberta oil sands to a port in Kitimat, British Columbia for export.

But Trudeau, elected last year, has said he opposed the pipeline. His Liberal government has promised a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the coast of northern British Columbia, a policy seen making the pipeline unfeasible.

“On the Northern Gateway pipeline, I’ve said many times, the Great Bear Rainforest is no place for a crude oil pipeline,” he told reporters in Montreal on Tuesday.

His comments come after a Canadian court last month overturned federal approval of the project, sending it back to Trudeau’s cabinet to reconsider.

After the court decision, Calgary-based Enbridge had said that it remained “fully committed” to building the pipeline and that it was working with partners to determine the next steps.

(Writing by Jeffrey Hodgson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Phil Berlowitz)

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