National Energy Board Hearing Panel to Review Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications concurrently
March 29, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta – National Energy Board
A National Energy Board (NEB) Hearing Panel will review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline Pipeline Projects concurrently. After reviewing comments from 11 groups and individuals, the Hearing Panel said that the two project applications are closely interrelated and would be most efficiently assessed through a coordinated approach.
Energy East is a 4,500-kilometre pipeline proposed to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.
The Eastern Mainline Pipeline is a proposal to build approximately 279 kilometres of new gas pipeline and related components, beginning near Markham, Ontario and finishing near Brouseville, Ontario. TransCanada indicated in its application that this project was conditional upon the approval of the Energy East Pipeline Project.
While the two applications will be considered together with a single hearing record, the Hearing Panel will issue separate lists of issues and carry out a separate environmental assessment for each project. When appropriate, the Hearing Panel will issue documents or hold oral sessions specific to each application. The Panel will also issue two separate recommendation reports to Federal Cabinet at the end of the review.
More information about next steps in the hearing process will be released in the coming weeks.
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.
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On January 27, the NEB voided all decisionsmade by the previous Energy East Hearing Panel, including a decision to review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications through a single hearing.
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