Liidlii Kue First Nation asks for an environmental assessment of line 21

Enbridge’s Line 21, otherwise known as the Norman Wells Pipeline - Map courtesy of Enbridge Inc.

The Liidlii Kue First Nation is voicing its concern about Enbridge’s plans to replace a section of its line 21 pipeline, north of Fort Simpson.

Chief Gerry Antoine says they are calling for an environmental assessment of the project, slated to start this summer.

“They’re saying it’s merely a replacement, but we don’t look at it that way. It’s basically a new project using new methods and it poses significant risk to our environment and water. We want to make sure it’s looked into thoroughly,” Antoine told CKLB.

Enbridge filed regulatory applications for the line 21 Segment Replacement Project with the National Energy Board and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board this Spring.

Chief Antoine says the project is still before the NEB, which regulates pipelines across Canada.

“The NEB needs to ensure the application from Enbridge is complete,” added Antoine.

In March, Enbridge estimated the project to cost 53 million dollars.

Erosion along the Mackenzie River bank caused them to close line 21, which also shut down Imperial’s production in Norman Wells this past winter.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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