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NEB determines Energy East applications

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The Government of Canada believes the environment and the economy can go hand in hand. Accordingly, proposed major resource projects need to undergo a thorough review and must carry the confidence of Canadians if they are to proceed.

The National Energy Board (NEB) has determined the applications for TransCanada's Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects are complete. This means the 21 month NEB review period will now begin.

The NEB will use this time to review the two projects, as required under the National Energy Board Act and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. In addition, as announced in January as part of the interim measures for major projects currently under review, Canada's Minster of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, will recommend the appointment of up to four temporary board members to the National Energy Board. These new members will engage communities and Indigenous groups along the proposed pipeline route, listen to comments and concerns raised by Canadians and report back to the NEB.

Once the NEB has completed its 21 month review, it will make a recommendation to the Government on whether the projects are in the public interest. The Government will then consider the NEB's recommendation and make a final decision on the project.

"Major resource projects must go through a review and consultation process that carries the public trust, and today marks a key milestone in that process. I encourage Canadians to take part in the NEB's review as this will help inform our decision on Energy East."

Edited from source by Stephanie Roker

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