A federal government decision on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is expected to be announced after markets close on Tuesday, marking the culmination of months of speculation since the joint review panel recommended in December that the project be approved.
What follows is a compiled summary of the project proposal and reaction from stakeholders and our readers over the past several months.
This map shows the route of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, stretching from the oil sands north of Edmonton, Alta., to the coastal city of Kitimat, B.C., which is blocked from the open ocean by many islands. The pipeline would deliver 520,000 barrels a day of oil sands bitumen to the coast, opening new markets for the Alberta-based oil industry.
Conditions from B.C.
In November 2013, premiers Christy Clark of B.C. and Alison Redford of Alberta ended an impasse over what it would take for B.C. to agree to a pipeline through its territory. The five conditions are:
Condition 1: Environmental review
Condition 2: Marine oil spill response
Condition 3: Land spill prevention
Condition 4: Aboriginal concerns
Condition 5: Economic benefits for B.C.
The Joint Review Panel report
A National Energy Board joint review panel looking into the Northern Gateway project gave it a conditional green light on Dec. 19, 2013. In its report, embedded below, it recommended that Ottawa approve the $6.5-billion pipeline and crude supertanker terminal in Kitimat,. B.C., once the government and Enbridge Inc. have addressed the 209 environmental, safety and financial conditions set down by the panel.
Reaction to the report
After the Joint Review Panel report was released, we gathered reaction from across the country here:
For further reading on what to expect from the decision, see the headlines below.