Donald Trump comes through for Alberta again with a presidential permit for a second Canadian oil pipeline
Posted on October 18, 2017
Enbridge says it welcomes the news, which will allow it to ramp up the flow on the line — also know as Alberta Clipper — to as much as 890,000 barrels per day from the 450,000 capacity of the old permit
CALGARY — The U.S. State Department has issued a presidential permit allowing Enbridge Inc. to ship more oil on its Line 67 pipeline after a five-year review.
Enbridge says it welcomes the news, which will allow it to ramp up the flow on the line — also know as Alberta Clipper — to as much as 890,000 barrels per day from the 450,000 capacity of the old permit issued when the pipeline was completed in 2009.
Since finishing the line from Hardisty, Alta. to Superior, Wis., Enbridge has added enough pumping power along the 1,600-kilometre pipeline to increase the capacity to about 800,000 barrels, but needed a new permit to increase the shipping volume across the border.
In the meantime, the company has been diverting oil to its under-used Line 3 to cross the five kilometre stretch across the border needing the permit before pumping it back into Line 67, meaning the new permit will simplify operations, but not immediately increase Enbridge’s shipping capacity.
A coalition of environmental and Indigenous groups unsuccessfully tried to challenge the increase, as well as Enbridge’s work-around, looking to block any increase of oilsands production because of its higher environmental impact.
This was the second pipeline approved by U.S. President Donald Trump. In March, Trump, flanked by TransCanada Corp. president and CEO Russ Girling in the Oval Office, issued a presidential permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline, more than eight years after the 830,000 barrels-per-day oil pipeline between Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast was first proposed.
The Canadian Press
With files from Financial Post Staff