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Opponents and supporters prepare for Northern Gateway pipeline decision

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The proposed route of the Northern Gateway pipeline would go from Alberta to northern B.C. and Kitimat.

The Joint Review Panel must deliver its recommendations on the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project by the end of the year. This means all sides are preparing themselves for what happens next.

The Panel's report could come any day now. Groups like the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers believe Enbridge can ship oil safely to the west coast. 

Greg Stringham is vice president of markets and oil sands with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. He believes Enbridge can ship oil safely to the west coast. 

"We've been saying all along that this needs to be done like the best of things, like world class around the world."

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However, even if the panel says "yes" to the pipeline, many in B.C. are prepared to continue saying "no." 

Aboriginal and environmental groups have promised they will fight the project in court and on the ground if they have to. 

Art Sterritt is executive director of Coastal First Nations, and he says he does not want the pipeline to happen no matter what the panel recommends.

"There's no thing on this planet, no technology that this industry has put out there that can clean up a spill on the coast of British Columbia. So whether you call it world class or you have an expert panel or you have a world-class expert panel, it doesn't matter what you call it, these people have not come up with anything that gives Coastal First Nations any comfort."

Stringham concedes regulatory approval does not necessarily mean a green light for project. 

"If it is approved, it will have conditions in there that will ensure that these types of issues do have more dialogue associated with them." 

After the panel makes its recommendation, the final decision will be up to Ottawa. 

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