Enbridge revives $4-billion pipeline

CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. has lined up enough support from a clutch of Asian refiners and Canadian oil producers to revive its $4-billion plan to build a pipeline from the oil sands to the West Coast, just months after China pulled out of the project. Enbridge has now turned to Southeast Asia to find customers for its Gateway pipeline and attracted enough funding from refiners there to accelerate work on winning regulatory approval, says Enbridge chief executive officer Patrick Daniel. “The pull from the other end of Gateway, initially, was primarily from the Chinese, but in this initiative the Chinese are not participants,” Mr. Daniel told investors at a conference in Whistler, B.C., Thursday.

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Groups say federal review of Keystone line is inadequate

BISMARCK — The TransCanada Keystone Pipeline shouldn’t have a final go-ahead yet because a federal environmental study failed to heed the increased global warming caused by the “dirty” tar sands oil the line would carry, environmental groups said Wednesday.

The groups, including the Dickinson–based Dakota Resource Council, also charge that the proposed pipe strength isn’t good enough to ensure groundwater safety and that the federal study neglected to consider protection of American Indian cultural resources.

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MT energy corridors see few comments

The only public hearing in Montana on proposed energy corridors in 11 Western states prompted few comments Tuesday, even though almost every seat was taken in the meeting room at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena.

Most of those in attendance were representing some official organization and spoke in favor of designating corridors on federal lands for gas, electricity and other energy transmitters.

Specifically, they favor routes following Highway 287 from Townsend to Three Forks, then westward toward Butte and Anaconda and splitting to run north and south along the interstates.

Another favored route could run from Townsend across Interstate 15 and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, then north to Garrison and continue into Idaho.

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