Federal review panel to issue report on Northern Gateway pipeline

VANCOUVER – A federal-review-panel report on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline will be released this week, following more than a year of hearings throughout B.C. and Alberta.

The highly anticipated report will be released Thursday afternoon in Calgary and will include the panel’s recommendations for the project.

The final decision on whether the pipeline can go ahead, however, rests with the federal government.

The controversial $6-billion proposal that would link the Alberta oil sands with a tanker port on the B.C. coast has pitted the proponent, Calgary-base Enbridge (TSX:ENB), against environmental groups and several First Nations.

The pipeline has become a lightning rod in the debate over global climate change and raised concerns about the possibility of an oil spill on land or off the coast of B.C.

The province of B.C. told the panel it did not support the pipeline as it was proposed.