March 2018, Vol. 245, No. 3


Canadian Pipeline Construction Project Approved


The National Energy Board (NEB) conditionally approved an application from Enbridge Pipelines to replace a 1.5-mile (2.5-km) segment of its Line 21 Pipeline, also known as the Norman Wells Pipeline.

Enbridge submitted its application after identifying a potential safety concern related to a shifting slope on the Mackenzie River. In its decision, the NEB issued 26 mandatory project conditions, including a requirement to file an Indigenous Monitoring Plan. The plan will describe how local Indigenous people will participate in monitoring project construction and post-construction.

Enbridge must also file Indigenous Engagement Reports and an Indigenous Knowledge and Land Use Study Update. The agency also approved Enbridge’s plan to leave the section of pipe that is being replaced under the Mackenzie River.

The section of pipe that is to be left behind will be cleaned, filled with grout and capped, in accordance with NEB regulations and CSA standards. P&GJ


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