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Enbridge pipeline replacement into US conditionally approved by NEB

The Line 3 Replacement pipeline has the conditional go-ahead from the National Energy Board. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Panetta

CALGARY – The National Energy Board has recommended Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement pipeline into the U.S. be approved, subject to 89 conditions.

The $7.5 billion Line 3 Replacement project involves rebuilding a 1,660-kilometre pipeline that’s nearly a half-century old and has had several ruptures over the years.

It would enable 760,000 barrels a day to be shipped from Hardisty, Alta., to Superior, Wisc.

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Today, the aging line is only shipping about half of that.

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There are separate U.S. permitting processes that the project must undergo before construction can begin.

Regulatory wrangling in Minnesota has already delayed its planned startup by two years to 2019.

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