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Northern Gateway: Scrutiny of Enbridge Moves Beyond Potential Spills

Dec 13, 2012
(Globe and Mail)

Enbridge Inc. has long faced scrutiny for the impact its proposed $6-billion pipeline could have on northern British Columbia in the event of a spill – a likelihood the company has said is small.

Now, the company is coming under fire for how everyday operations of the Northern Gateway project, which would carry Alberta oil to the West Coast for export to California and Asia, might affect the local environment.

Documents filed by Enbridge with the National Energy Board show that the company’s loading terminal, where oil tankers will dock for filling, stands to far exceed Canadian air-quality guidelines for sulphur dioxide, a substance that is a human health hazard and key component in the formation of acid rain.