Enbridge's Line 9 approved for piping crude east

A sign warning of a high pressure petroleum pipeline is seen on the

A sign warning of a high pressure petroleum pipeline is seen on the "Line 9" Enbridge oil pipeline route along the Don Rive in East Don Parkland in Toronto, March 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

OTTAWA - The National Energy Board (NEB) has given the go-ahead to Enbridge Pipelines to reverse the flow along the full length of the existing Line 9 pipeline to send crude eastward from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal and the Quebec City area.

In the decision released Thursday, the NEB says it will also let Enbridge increase the overall capacity of the pipeline from 240,000 to 300,000 barrels of oil per day, including heavy crude from Western Canada and the Bakken fields in the U.S.

"The Board's decision enables Enbridge to react to market forces and provide benefits to Canadians, while at the same time implementing the Project in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner," the NEB said in its decision.

Enbridge will also have to follow 30 conditions, which includes creating "comprehensive site-specific spill contingency measures."

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver welcomed the NEB decision.


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