The coast of British Columbia

Northern Gateway: Just the Facts (VIDEO)

Enbridge's $7-billion twin pipeline would run 1,177 kilometres from Alberta to a tanker port in Kitimat, B.C.



Ottawa approved the proposed $7-billion Northern Gateway pipeline on Tuesday afternoon – with 209 imposed conditions – but questions remain, controversy lingers, and opposition is preparing for a fight.

A successful federal review was one of B.C.’s five conditions for the pipeline, meaning four more remain to be settled or seen.

We recognize the benefits that the Northern Gateway project may bring, but they will not be at the expense of our environment,” said the province’s Environment Minister, Mary Polak, on Tuesday.

(Of the estimated $80 billion in tax and royalty revenues from the pipeline, B.C. is expected to rake in just over 8.3% of that. More below.)

Before the Conservative Canadian government’s announcement on, the federal NDP demanded that Stephen Harper’s party reject the plan, and opposition party leader Tom Mulcair called today’s announcement “a sham”.

But the Prime Minister has shown faith in the pipeline – which will run from Alberta, near Edmonton, through the B.C. coast and Kitimat – citing a need to break the country’s dependance on American markets.

Here are some more facts and figures, compiled by The Canadian Press. The video above is also courtesy of CP.

Cost: Estimated to be $7 billion, but that figure has been increasing.

Route: Twin pipelines would run 1,177 kilometres from Bruderheim, just outside Edmonton, to a tanker port in Kitimat, on the northern coast of B.C.

Oil: A westbound pipeline would carry up to 525,000 barrels a day of synbit, a blend of refined synthetic oil and bitumen, two types of dilbit and synthetic oil to Kitimat for export.

Terminal: The Kitimat Marine Terminal would include two ship berths and 19 tanks to store oil and condensate. It would have the capacity to serve about 220 tankers per year.

Value: The pipeline is estimated to be worth $300 billion in additional gross domestic product over 30 years.

Governments are expected to net an estimated $80 billion in tax and royalty revenues over those three decades: $36 billion for Ottawa, $32 billion for Alberta and $6.7 billion for B.C. Saskatchewan would net an estimated $4 billion.

Jobs: The company says it would result in 3,000 new construction jobs in B.C. and 560 long-term jobs.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Say ‘Hi’ to the mountains (and rain): The smoke is gone from the Fraser Valley, for now

Saturday’s Fraser Valley air quality forecast at ‘moderate risk,’ but morning showers leave skies clear

Chilliwack Agriculture Tour goes virtual during pandemic

Rather than bus tourists to local farms, tour stops will be posted on Facebook and Instagram

City of Chilliwack holding annual Hazardous Waste Day in early October

The one-day event is a chance to get rid of household things like pesticides and paint cans

Child sex offender relocated from Princeton after newspaper reveals his proximity to school

Offender convicted in 2019 of charges related to sex assault and child pornography

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

70-year-old punched in the head in dispute over disability parking space in Nanaimo

Senior’s turban knocked off in incident at mall parking lot

Machine pistol among 14 firearms seized from Alaska man at B.C. border crossing

Corey Scott Kettering faces charges of smuggling and prohibited firearm possession

Most Read