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Canadian Pipeline Development ‘Getting Harder, Not Easier’

The prospect of opening Enbridge’s $7.9-billion Northern Gateway pipeline in 2018 is “quickly evaporating,” according to project president John Carruthers, and “the long-held dream of boosting exports of Alberta crude to Asia by the decade’s end is fading,” the Globe and Mail reported last week. “The difficulties could set back the energy industry’s efforts to more than double oil sands production to 4.1 million barrels a day by 2025, leaving Canadian crude captive to a U.S. market increasingly flush with domestic oil.” Lewis’ survey of major Canadian pipeline projects traces public opposition, regulatory hurdles, and a landmark Supreme Court ruling [1] on Aboriginal title that add up to rising “headwinds” for the industry, according to analyst Judith Dwarkin. “It’s getting harder, not easier, to get things done,” she told the Globe.

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