TransCanada/Energy East's Application to develop an oil
pipeline to run from Alberta and Saskatchewan refineries to Eastern
Canada moved steps closer to a National Energy board (NEB) hearing
last week. The NEB has announced key deadlines for individuals,
groups, municipalities, First Nations or Métis groups
wishing to participate in the hearing. Potential participants may
apply to be Intervenors, to file letters of comment, or participate
in any further categories determined by the NEB. Potential
participants must submit an Application to Participate before noon
MST onMarch 3, 2015.
The Application forms will be made available for a 30-day
window between February 3 and March 3, 2015. The Application for an
Intervenor must show (1) how the proposed Intervenor would be
directly affected by the pipeline; and/or (2) that it brings
relevant information or expertise that would be helpful to the NEB
in its deliberations of the 16 issues the NEB has identified for
consideration during the hearing. Only those accepted as
Intervenors in the hearing will be eligible for Participant
There are two phases of Participant Funding for the Energy East
1 The first phase provides funding for Intervenors to use for
activities leading up to the submission of evidence. Applications
for the first phase of funding are due by February 23,
2 The second phase provides funding for Intervenors to test
evidence, to prepare and submit final argument and to prepare for
and attend any portion of the oral component to the hearing.
Applications for the second phase of funding are due by
July 27, 2015.
The NEB will make its decision about the first phase funding
before the end of April 2015, and issue a Hearing
Order. It is anticipated that the hearing could commence in
Fall 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.
Legislation provides a strict timeline for the completion of the
process which can only be delayed if the NEB decides to request
more information from TransCanada/Energy East.
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