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It’s been a downright busy few days of developments in the oil pipeline game, and all the projects share a common attribute.

In the $20-billion of proposals hitting milestones this week, all are based on old infrastructure or rights-of-way.

Part of the draw for Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. and their shippers is saving a few bucks on steel and land acquisition versus starting from scratch. But an even bigger attraction is the prospect of hopping over at least some of the regulatory and political quagmire into which the all-new proposals have sunk.

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