Companies are lining up to have their say in the battle over Enbridge Inc.'s Alberta Clipper pipeline. Suncor Energy Inc. struck the first blow, when it asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt it from toll increases when the U.S. portion of the new oil sands pipeline comes on stream later this year. Suncor has argued that, given the slowdown in oil sands development, the pipeline isn't needed - and Enbridge should have known as much. The company wants Enbridge to be prevented from raising its tolls to cover the cost of Clipper's construction until Enbridge can prove the pipeline is needed. (Enbridge's take: Alberta Clipper was approved by authorities, and the complaint is "without merit.") Still, Imperial Oil Ltd. moved quickly to support Suncor's motion, which was made in January. Now a series of other major energy companies have requested that the U.S. regulator grant them "intervenor status," which will allow them a chance to weigh in as well. Marathon Petroleum Co., Total E&P Canada Ltd., Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., Husky Gas Marketing Inc., Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. and Flint Hills Resources Canada LP each say they have a substantial stake in the outcome of the proceedings.
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