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Northern Gateway president talks pipeline safety, Kalamazoo and winning over the opposition

Opponents to the Northern Gateway pipeline have vowed to keep fighting the project no matter what decision the federal government ultimately makes.

On Thursday, the Joint Review Panel from the National Energy Board recommended the federal government approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, pending 209 conditions being met.

However, opponents of the project say they will continue to fight with protests, petitions, and court action. They argue the effects of an oil spill would be devastating to B.C.'s coast, environment, and jobs dependent on the ocean.

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines president John Carruthers says his company is committed to minimizing risks to the environment and putting in place a world-class safety system. He also says Enbridge is constantly improving and learning from incidents such as the pipeline rupture that resulted in 3.3 million litres of oil spilling into Michigan's Kalamazoo River.

Listen to his full interview with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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