Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline has been shut down due to a pipeline leak that’s been leaking for months, but the company says it’s not stopping the flow of tar sands oil from being pumped to Canadian refineries.
Now, the Canadian company has partnered with environmental groups to create a map of all of the pipelines that run through the province.
The company, which is the world’s largest pipeline builder, has partnered up with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club to create the map.
It’s the latest move in a war on pipelines, as the United States has banned the export of crude oil from Canada and several other countries including China, Russia and Iran.
The fight over pipelines is gaining steam.
The map shows the approximate route of each pipeline that’s currently under construction, the estimated volume of tar sand oil that’s being pumped from Canada to the United Kingdom, and the potential impacts on climate change, the Environment Canada said.
It also gives consumers a glimpse of what it will take to stop the flow.
The environmental groups have said the map is misleading and that it fails to reflect the full impact of the pipeline project on the environment.
“The pipeline map has the potential to confuse consumers, mislead consumers, and undermine public confidence in the safety of pipelines and pipelines themselves,” said Chris Wier, president of the Sierra Party in Alberta.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it won’t enforce the map because it’s a voluntary initiative and because it only shows the route of pipeline construction.
Enbridge is currently working with the EPA to get it on a map, the company said.