Enbridge Line 9B reversal project delayed
National Energy Board requests additional information.
CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. has reported a net loss of $80 million in its latest quarter as it warned its plan to reverse the flow of a pipeline running between southern Ontario and Montreal has been delayed.
The pipeline company said the National Energy Board approved the project subject to conditions in March, however the board has requested additional information related to one of the conditions.
“Our objective with the Line 9B project has always been to meet, if not exceed, regulatory requirements and to assure our stakeholders of our commitment to operate our pipeline safely and protect the environment,” Enbridge president and chief executive Al Monaco said in a statement.
“We have responded to the board’s request for clarification of our approach and additional information. We continue to work with the Board to understand and respond to its questions and to meet its requirements.”
The company’s Line 9, built in 1976, originally shipped oil from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal, but was reversed in the late 90s in response to market conditions to pump imported crude westward. Enbridge wants to switch the direction back.
The company plans to move 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the line, up from the current 240,000 barrels, with no increase in pressure.
Opponents, however, have argued Enbridge’s plan puts communities at risk, threatens water supplies and could endanger vulnerable species in ecologically sensitive areas.