Shell To Sell Off Mackenzie Delta Holdings Mired in Linear Land Use Politics

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Thirty-eight years after it discovered natural gas in Canada’s Mackenzie Delta, Shell is selling off its holdings there, an apparent victim of linear land use politics.

Its plans to transmit gas to southern Canadian and US markets via a 1,200 km pipeline got mired in 37 years of planning, negotiating and regulatory process and only got final, conditional approval from the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) in March 2011.

The challenge of such a pipeline scheme epitomizes the dilemma of linear land use politics — the hard negotiations with so many different provincial, state and local community interests — that appears to have persuaded Shell to look elsewhere to pursue its global energy portfolio.

The Industrial Fuels and Power blog explores this dilemma.

The Saint Report has published several posts on linear land use politics

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