Canada's largest pipeline company, Enbridge Inc, has announced that on the 6th of May it requested that the national energy regulator extend the permit for the Northern Gateway crude oil pipeline project for three years, Reuters reported on Friday.
This period of time is needed to settle differences with aboriginal communities who, along with ecological activists, are protesting against the project’s realization. Enbridge Inc added that it would reduce its own share in the project and promised to give aboriginal owners an equal voice in project management.
The Northern Gateway project was approved by the federal authorities in 2013. However, there are numerous conditions on its construction.
According to the project, oil sands crude are to be carried from Alberta to a deepwater port in Kitimat, on British Columbia's Pacific coast.