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UPDATE 1-Canada regulator sets out process for pipeline permit disputes

From Reuters - January 18, 2018

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The National Energy Board on Thursday set out a process for resolving permit disputes related to Kinder Morgan Canadas Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which has faced repeated delays due to difficulty in obtaining permits.

The regulator said that under the new process it will consider future disputes between the company and provincial and municipal authorities, and provide a response within three to five weeks, providing a measure of certainty for all parties.

The announcement came a day after Kinder Morgan Canada, a division of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc, said the start-up of the expanded pipeline would be delayed until December 2020 due to permitting struggles.

Kinder Morgan said late on Thursday it was pleased with the NEBs decision, adding it was committed to work with local authorities and would review the decision in more detail.

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