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British Columbia’s Dix Says He’ll Reclaim Powers to Block Pipelines

Feb 11, 2013
(Bloomberg)

Adrian Dix, British Columbia’s main opposition leader who opposes Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, says he will take back the power to block such projects if his New Democratic Party forms the next government in the Canadian province.

Dix, who leads in public opinion polls ahead of the May 14 election, said he’d scrap the Environmental Assessment Equivalency Agreement with Canada’s National Energy Board. That would restore provincial environmental oversight of proposed projects such as Enbridge Inc.’s planned C$6 billion ($6 billion) Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands, the world’s third-largest deposits, to overseas markets.