The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved a proposal from Westcoast Energy Inc., doing business as Spectra Energy Transmission (Westcoast), to build and operate the 27 km long Wyndwood pipeline expansion project. The NEB announced its decision in a letter, released on 10 August, and expects to issue detailed reasons on or before 28 September 2017.
The NEB attached 32 conditions to its approval, including the requirement to develop a landowner-specific monitoring plan and consultation update and a number of conditions related to minimising disturbances within caribou ranges and accelerating the restoration of caribou habitat.
Westcoast submitted its application on 21 October 2016 under section 58 of the NEB Act. In general, these types of applications do not require a public hearing. However, given the high level of public interest in this project, the NEB decided to hold a hearing in order to consider the input of those who could be directly affected or who have expertise to share. Oral hearings were held on 5 April 2017 in Calgary and 6 - 7 June 2017 in Chetwynd, B.C. The NEB also gathered input through written comments, questions and evidence.
After considering all the evidence, the NEB found that the project was in the Canadian public interest.
This project is a loop of Westcoast’s existing Fort St. John mainline.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/project-news/11082017/wyndwood-pipeline-expansion-approved-by-neb/