LNG pipelines banned from transporting oil under new regulation

LNG pipelines will not be allowed to transport oil or diluted bitumen under new regulations introduced by the B.C. government.

LNG pipelines will not be allowed to transport oil or diluted bitumen under new regulations introduced by the B.C. government.

The measures, announced today, come in response to concerns raised during environmental assessments, and by First Nations, about long-term pipelines use.

The new regulation will be applied under the Oil and Gas Activities Act and will prohibit the BC Oil and Gas Commission from permitting any conversion of a natural gas pipeline supplying an LNG facility.

Six proposed pipelines will be subject to the regulation, including Spectra’s Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project and TransCanada’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project.

The regulations will also apply to the Coastal GasLink Pipeline, Pacific Trail Pipelines, Pacific Northern Gas Looping and Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas projects.