CALGARY - A review panel is recommending that the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would connect the Alberta oilsands to tankers on the B.C. coast go ahead.

But the panel has attached 209 conditions to the project.

The final decision rests with the federal government, which has roughly six months to respond to the report.

The controversial $6-billion proposal has pitted Calgary-based Enbridge against environmental groups and several First Nations.

They have raised concerns about the possibility of an oilspill on land or off the coast of British Columbia.

Supporters say the line is critical if Alberta is to get its oil to emerging markets in Asia.

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  • Protesters demonstrate against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Vancouver, B.C., on Jan. 14, 2013.

  • Protesters demonstrate against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Vancouver, B.C., on Jan. 14, 2013.

  • Protesters demonstrate against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Vancouver, B.C., on Jan. 14, 2013.

  • Protesters demonstrate against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Vancouver, B.C., on Jan. 14, 2013.

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