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NEB to review Energy East and Eastern Mainline together

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A National Energy Board (NEB) Hearing Panel will review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects concurrently. After reviewing comments from 11 groups and individuals, the Hearing Panel said that the two project applications are closely interrelated and would be most efficiently assessed through a co-ordinated approach.

The proposed Energy East is a 4500 km pipeline that would to carry 1.1 million bpd of crude oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.

The proposed Eastern Mainline pipeline would see the construction of approximately 279 km of new gas pipeline and related components, beginning near Markham (Ontario) and finishing near Brouseville (Ontario). In its application, TransCanada, the company behind the project, indicated that this project was conditional upon the approval of the Energy East pipeline project.

While the two applications will be considered together with a single hearing record, the Hearing Panel will issue separate lists of issues and carry out separate environmental assessments for each project. When appropriate, the Hearing Panel will issue documents or hold oral sessions specific to each application. The Panel will also issue two separate recommendation reports to Federal Cabinet at the end of the review.

According to the NEB, information regarding the next steps of the hearing process will be released in the coming weeks.

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