The Canadian government has said it will make a decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline by November 25, which will give the government more time to consider next steps for the complex proposal.
After the Federal Court of Appeals rejected previously approved permits for the project saying aboriginal groups were not correctly consulted, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s government has to decide whether to re-do the consultation process and to then reissue permits.
The Northern Gateway project is one of several energy projects Trudeau must make decisions on this year, including Enbridge’s Line 3 project and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project. Line 3 will be decided on or before November 25, and the Trans Mountain expansion will be decided by December 19.
Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline would carry oil 730 miles (1,177 kilometers) to the British Columbia coast.