National Energy Board will hold a public hearing to review NGTL’s plans to abandon Peace River Mainline

News Release

The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a public hearing to consider an application from NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd (NGTL) to abandon a 266-kilometre-section of the Peace River Mainline. The NEB’s Hearing Order, released today, outlines the key steps and deadlines for the hearing.The hearing will include both oral and written components, including a community meeting and oral cross examination. There will also be an opportunity for Indigenous participants to present Oral Traditional Evidence.

The pipeline loop that is proposed for abandonment is located in Northwest Alberta. The company plans to remove associated above ground facilities such as the decommissioned Valleyview Compressor Station, utilities, buildings and foundations.

This is the largest application to abandon a facility that has ever been considered by the NEB.

The NEB received four applications to participate and granted participation rights to everyone who applied. The List of Participants for this hearing is available on our website.

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

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Quick Facts

  • NGTL applied to remove a nine km section of the pipeline on Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Reserve Land. The company is proposing to abandon-in-place the remaining 257 kilometres of pipeline. It will be up to the NEB to make these determinations.

  • The NEB is providing up to $100,000 in funding to support meaningful participation by intervenors in the hearing process.

  • As this project falls under section 74 of the National Energy Board Act, the NEB is the final decision maker and there is no legislated time limit.

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Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer
National Energy Board
Telephone: 403-614-6526
Telephone (toll-free) 1-800-899-1265

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