Return to BC a chance to build confidence in pipeline project: Enbridge

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VANCOUVER - Enbridge Northern Gateway says it's looking forward to the final hearings of the environmental review process getting underway in B.C. next week.

The hearings that began in Edmonton last month resume in Prince George on Tuesday, where environmental protection and emergency preparedness will be up for questioning.

Janet Holder, the company's vice-president of western access, says the company intends to show British Columbians in these next few months that the project can bring prosperity and still protect the environment.

The pipeline would transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands across northern B.C. to a tanker port planned for Kitimat, B.C.

First Nations and conservation groups have been vocal opponents, citing the risk of an oil leak on land or a tanker spill off the coast.

Enbridge says the Northern Gateway is of strategic importance to all of Canada because it will open up Asian markets to Canadian oil.

Organizations: Enbridge, B.C. First Nations

Geographic location: VANCOUVER, Edmonton, Prince George Alberta Northern B.C. Kitimat Canada

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