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Energy East hearing to restart

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According to a news release from the National Energy Board (NEB), the new hearing panel that has been assigned to review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline applications has voided all decisions made by the previous hearing panel. The decisions made by the previous panel will be removed from the official hearing record.

On 9 January, a new panel consisting of Don Ferguson, Carole Malo and Marc Paquin was assigned to undergo the project review of the 4500 km Energy East pipeline proposal. Energy East is expected to carry 1.1 million bpd of crdude oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.

The Eastern Mainline is a proposal to build approximately 279 km of new gas pipeline and related components, beginning near Markham (Ontario) and finishing near Brouseville (Ontario).

Previous decisions that have been voided include:

  • Determination that the Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications are complete.
  • The decision to review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications via a single hearing.
  • List of participants and any subsequent individual rulings on participation.
  • Lists of issues and factors to be included in the environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

All hearing steps and related deadlines are no longer applicable and the new panel will decide how to move forward with the hearing.

Those who have already submitted an application to participate do not need to reapply. The panel will review all of the filed applications to participate and release a new list of participants.

The Hearing panel has also decided that the project applicants do not need to refile their applications. If the new hearing panel determines that the project applications are complete, the 21 month time limit will begin anew.

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