What's happening with Energy East? An update on the NEB Hearing Process 

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The new Energy East panel has come out with its first ruling for the NEB review process for Energy East, and its a big one. 

All of the Panel's decisions are laid out in this newly released order with the exciting title: A81494-1 NEB Ruling No 1: How to recommence the Energy East Hearing.  We provide a summary of the ruling below:

 

Overview 

-The panel has decided that ALL decisions made by the previous panel are now null and void; meaning the hearing process is more or less back at square one

-This ruling means that the application completeness determination, the list of participants, list of issues and the hearing order are all voided

-The new panel will be determining if Energy East and Eastern Mainline will continue to be heard as joint hearing; those wishing to comment on this specific issues have until Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 2 pm EST through the e-filing system or the participation portal

 

In Case You Missed It

We've been working on Energy East matters for clients since 2014 - check out our ten previous posts here.  In case you missed it, if approved, the Energy East Pipeline, would be a 4,600-kilometre pipeline carrying 1.1-million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan, through Manitoba and Ontario to points in Eastern Canada.  The project has the following major components:

  • Converting an existing natural gas pipeline through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to an oil transportation pipeline
  • Constructing new pipelines in, particularly in Eastern Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick to link up with the converted pipe
  • Constructing the associated facilities, pump stations and tank terminals required to move crude oil from Alberta to Québec and New Brunswick, including marine facilities that enable access to other markets by ship

Next Steps for the NEB Energy East Panel

-The first item on the panel’s agenda is issuing new issues list & a new scope of factors for the EA; comments will be invited when these new documents are released

-Following these documents the panel will be re-determining if the application is in fact complete and determining if Energy East and Eastern Mainline will be heard as a joint hearing or two separate hearings

-Upon these decisions along with determining a new list of participants will be followed by the issuing of a new hearing order

-The panel will also be looking at any outstanding motions that have not otherwise been addressed by all of these new decisions

 

How does this impact intervenors & commenters 

-Intervenors are not required to file new Applications to Participate "ATPs"

-All ATPs filed to date by parties will be assessed by the new panel and a new list of parties (intervenors and commenters) will be issued

-All filings made by intervenors and commenters to date will also remain valid and are not required to be refiled; however intervenors do have the option to remove or modify their submissions from the registry if they so choose

-This could also include the new panel looking the re-hear presentations that were made at panel sessions that took place in New Brunswick in August 2016

- Anyone who wishes to comment on the topic of whether the two project applications should be heard together or separately may do so by filing a letter with the Board on or before noon, Calgary time, on Wednesday, 15 February 2017.

 

What's Our Role?

It’s challenging to make sense of all the regulatory processes and decisions that affect a project of this magnitude. At Shared Value Solutions Ltd., we are paying close attention to these matters on behalf of several clients and will continue to provide information like this to assist. For us, Traditional knowledge matters to protect and enhance aboriginal community wellbeing, aboriginal interests and aboriginal economic development: traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), traditional land use studies, combining scientific and traditional knowledge, having aboriginal environmental monitors and BEAHR trainingtraditional ecological knowledge and environmental change, aboriginal land use planning, and integration of aboriginal traditional knowledge in environmental assessments.

 

For more information, please contact Meaghan Langille (meaghan.langille@sharedvaluesolutions.com) or Don Richardson (don.richardson@sharedvaluesolutions.com)

 

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