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THAT’S HOW MANY YEARS IT’S BEEN SINCE THE

Mackenzie Val­ley Pipe­line In­quiry was com­mis­sioned on March 21, 1974 to al­low the build­ing of a gas pipe­line into Al­berta from the north. And it will be many years be­fore it is fi­nally built – that is, if it’s built at all. Im­pe­rial Oil has ap­plied to the Na­tional En­ergy Board to de­lay con­struc­tion of its 1.2-bil­lion-cu­bic-feet­per-day pipe­line un­til 2022 – nearly half a cen­tury after the pro­ject was first pro­posed. The NEB will make a de­ci­sion by Septem­ber 2016. If it de­nies the ex­ten­sion, the pro­ject will face an­other review.

Im­pe­rial Oil, along with its part­ners, be­gan the ap­pli­ca­tion process for the Mackenzie Gas Pro­ject in 2004, gain­ing per­mits by 2011. But by then it faced a gas glut in North Amer­ica that sig­nif­i­cantly wors­ened the eco­nom­ics of the pro­ject. If built, the pipe­line would have moved 1.2 bcf of gas from the Mackenzie Delta in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries down through Al­berta and then on to var­i­ous mar­kets in North Amer­ica. Now Im­pe­rial is con­sid­er­ing send­ing the gas to a pro­posed LNG plant on the B.C. coast.

The orig­i­nal in­quiry of 1974, named the Berger In­quiry after Jus­tice Thomas Berger, who headed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, de­cided the pipe­line be de­layed to al­low for ad­just­ment to the eco­nomic and so­cial changes he be­lieved it would have on lo­cal in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

Thomas Berger, for­mer B.C. jus­tice and chair­man of the Mackenzie Val­ley Pipe­line in­quiry in 1977, dur­ing a defin­ing mo­ment in the MVP hear­ings

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