NEB launches environmental assessment process for Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project

News Release

July 21, 2017 – Calgary – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) has announced that it will conduct a federal environmental assessment for Manitoba Hydro's Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. Indigenous groups and members of the public have until 15 August 2017 to register.

To facilitate participation, up to $250,000 is available for eligible participants to cover expenses such a legal or experts fees and travel expenses.

The assessment is conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012, and occurs after the conclusion of the provincial Clean Environment Commission (CEC) public hearings. To reduce duplication, the NEB has requested that Manitoba Hydro file all documents from the provincial process on its record.

In advance of the federal environmental assessment, the NEB has contacted more than 20 Indigenous groups who could be impacted by the project to engage them in the environmental assessment process.

The NEB regulates international power lines, such as the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project, to ensure that approved projects can be built and operated safely for people and the environment.

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

  • Manitoba Hydro is applying for a permit under the NEB Act to construct and operate a 500 kV international power line extending from Winnipeg area to the U.S. border in southeastern Manitoba as well as upgrades to three existing electrical stations in southern Manitoba.

  • There are 84 international power lines between Canada and the United States. In 2015, these power lines transmitted $3.4 billion dollars in electricity.

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Marc Drolet
Communications Officer
National Energy Board
Telephone: 514 476 9911

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