After considering evidence, National Energy Board (NEB) has approved Enbridge’s Line 10 Westover segment replacement project in southern Ontario. Based on the evidence, the NEB has concluded that the project is of public interest. It has imposed a total of 46 conditions that cover a range of matters, including emergency management and environmental protection.
Providing that the abovementioned conditions and company commitments are met, the NEB believes that the project will be unlikely to have significant effects on the environment.
In the NEB’s decision, the three member hearing panel noted that Enbridge had revised the project’s route during the course of the hearing process, based on consultation from stakeholders. They also highlighted Enbridge's commitment to working with Indigenous groups to ensure their involvement in the monitoring of construction, post-construction and decommissioning activities.
The NEB’s decision follows a public hearing that included several written steps, a community meeting where Six Nations of the Grand River provided oral traditional evidence and oral cross examination and final argument.
The NEB granted participant status to 15 applicants and allocated funding awards, which totalled CAN$142 000 through its participant funding programme. The programme provides financial assistance to cover hearing-related expenses, including fees paid to a lawyer or expert and travel or administrative costs.
As set out in federal legislation, construction of pipelines of less than 40 km does not require babinet approval. The NEB will monitor compliance with the conditions associated to this decision throughout the project’s lifecycle.
Enbridge’s Line 10 application proposes to replace 32 km of existing 12 in. dia. Line 10 pipe with 35 km of new 20 in. dia. pipe in southern Ontario. It will connect Enbridge’s Westover terminal to its Nanticoke Junction facility in the City of Hamilton. The project includes three new sections for proposed reroutes from the existing right-of-way totalling approximately 11 km.
The capital cost of the project is approximately CAN$219 million.
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