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Lexpert: Stakeholders in pipelines need to reduce adverse conditions that hurt projects

Although opinion polls conducted in 2016 found a majority of Canadians support the country's major pipeline projects, the results also revealed a significant level of concern; an EKOS poll found "Canadians appear torn between a rising environmental ethic and deep anxieties about the economy."

In July, Petronas, a Malaysian oil and gas company, cancelled its Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas project in B.C. A weakened economic market and continuing opposition concerning greenhouse gas emissions were cited as the reasons.

While companies entering the pipeline business should do "as much upfront work in developing a clear strategy at the outset" to increase their chances of success, one expert says, all stakeholders need to work to reduce the adversarial environment in which projects can become ensnared.

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Lexpert contributor Paul McLaughlin reports at www.lexpert.ca

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