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OTTAWA, O.N. – CBC News is reporting that the federal cabinet will deliver its decision on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline today, but it will be several days before the public knows the fate of the project.

Both the National Energy Board and the former Conservative federal government signed off on the $7.9-billion project, and imposed 209 conditions. But the Federal Court overturned those approvals in June after it found Ottawa had not adequately consulted Indigenous people along the pipeline’s 1,177-kilometre route.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in September that the new Liberal federal government will not appeal the court’s ruling, which means that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet now has three options on the table:

  • Issue an extension and allow Enbridge to launch further consultations with First Nations.
  • Approve the project in defiance of the Federal Court.
  • Completely reject the project.
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Carr said yesterday that while a decision has to be made by Friday to meet a self-imposed deadline, the cabinet would publicly announce their decision at a later date. Prime Minister Trudeau is in Madagascar today, where he is attending a summit of the la Francophonie organization of nations today, before he returns on Monday.

Unnamed sources told CBC News that the decision will be made public early next week.

The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline would carry diluted bitumen produced from Alberta’s oilsands to an export terminal in Kitimat.

Story courtesy CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/northern-gateway-final-decision-friday-1.3865627

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