On June 17,2014 the federal government approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. The decision follows the recommendation of the Joint Review Panel (JRP) on December 19, 2013 to approve the project, subject to satisfaction of 209 required conditions set out in the JRP report.

The federal government’s approval is subject to compliance with the 209 conditions identified in the JRP report. Some of the conditions include: employing rigorous pipeline inspection processes, developing a marine mammal protection plan, conducting pre-operation emergency response exercises, carrying liability coverage of $950 million and development of a research program on the behavior and cleanup of heavy oil.