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On Tuesday the government of Canada approved the construction of Enbridge Inc’s $7.22 billion Northern Gateway pipeline.

Construction is contingent on the Enbridge meeting all conditions set out by a regulatory panel.

The federal review panel urged the government to approve the pipeline that would link Alberta’s oil sands with a Pacific port.

The report concluded that the project would pose only a small risk to the environment if the company complied with 209 environmental, technical, and social conditions that were outlined.

“After carefully reviewing the report, the Government accepts the independent Panel’s recommendation to impose 209 conditions on Northern Gateway Pipelines’ proposal,” said Greg Rickford, Canada’s Natural Resources minister.