Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:28

National Energy Board seeks public input on list of issues for Energy East hearing

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(CNW) —The National Energy Board (NEB) is seeking public input on what topics should be considered in the review of the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects.

The public will have until May 31 to provide comments.
The Hearing Panel assigned to the Energy East and Eastern Mainline Projects issued two draft Lists of Issues: one for Energy East and one that is specific to the Eastern Mainline Project.
The Lists of Issues identify the topics the Hearing Panel will consider during the hearing.
All of the evidence and questions raised by participants during the hearing should relate to at least one of the topics identified on the final Lists of Issues.
One of the notable additions to the draft lists is a proposal to consider the upstream and downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the projects. The Hearing Panel has specifically asked for feedback on this issue.
The NEB is also responsible for carrying out an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.
In this context, the Hearing Panel is looking for comments on its proposed scopes of factors for the environmental assessment, which has been expanded to include additional potential environmental impacts.
The Panel will review all the comments received during the comment period to see if any changes to the Lists of Issues are warranted. The Panel expects to release the final Lists of Issues by early summer.
On March 29, the Hearing Panel announced it would review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects concurrently.
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.
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