Government funds study of wimmera mallee pipeline expansion
The U of T Engineering Department plans to conduct an engineering study on expanding an existing pipeline to carry oil to the western Canadian oil sands. ( David Cooper / Toronto Star )
The Department of Natural Resources recently said it will conduct a review of a $17.9-million project to export the oil from the wimmera river to the Alberta oilsands by June 2017. The study will look at the possibility of extending the existing pipeline to carry 2.4 million barrels per day by another 700 kilometres.
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The study, which natyasastra.comis expected to take about two years, will consider the impact on oil-shale production, transport and environmental impacts, among others. A company operating the pipeline that currently operates in the Okanagan region could provide input, said an official in the department. The project will also be subject to review by the federal Environment Canada as well as provincial and territorial officials. The review will provide a cost-benefit analysis, the official said. It will be similar to the review of the current oil sands pipeline. The official noted that the federal government had requested that the project be delayed pending envir바카라사이트onmental assessments of바카라 the proposed oil-shale expansion.
The official said the government expects the environmental assessments to be completed in June. The official confirmed that the Alberta government is currently consulting on future oil-sands development in the province, adding that the decision was made to defer the decision until a final report is in place.