Canadian PM reiterates opposition to Enbridge pipeline route

Tue Jul 5, 2016 12:26pm EDT
 
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By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to the route of Enbridge Inc's (ENB.TO: Quote) Northern Gateway oil pipeline, casting further doubt on the prospects of a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists.

Canada's former Conservative government had approved Northern Gateway, which would carry oil from the Alberta oil sands to a port in British Columbia for export.

But Trudeau, elected last year, has said he opposed the pipeline. His Liberal government has promised a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the coast of northern British Columbia, a policy seen making the pipeline unfeasible.

"On the Northern Gateway pipeline, I've said many times, the Great Bear Rainforest is no place for a crude oil pipeline," he told reporters in Montreal on Tuesday.

His comments come after a Canadian court last month overturned federal approval of the project, sending it back to Trudeau's cabinet to reconsider.

After the court decision, Calgary-based Enbridge had said that it remained "fully committed" to building the pipeline and that it was working with partners to determine the next steps.

(Writing by Jeffrey Hodgson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Phil Berlowitz)

 
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie