INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

CANADA'S NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD recommended mothballing an unused crude oil pipeline between Sarnia, Ont., and Montreal, saying closing the 517 mile line would not affect Canada's security of supply. Quebec, where refineries use imported oil, wants the line kept open for security purposes. NEB said there is no economic justification for the line nor a need for Quebec to have its own strategic oil reserve. Operator Interprovincial Pipe Line Co. has begun purging the line with nitrogen.

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