Board re­leases sched­ule for Trans Moun­tain con­sul­ta­tions

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

The Na­tional En­ergy Board has re­leased a sched­ule it says will al­low it to re­con­sider its ap­proval of the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion project in time to meet a Feb. 22 fed­eral govern­ment dead­line.

The fed­eral reg­u­la­tor is im­pos­ing fil­ing dead­lines start­ing this month, will hear oral tra­di­tional ev­i­dence by Indige­nous groups in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, and will hear po­ten­tial oral sum­mary ar­gu­ments in Jan­uary.

The fed­eral govern­ment or­dered the NEB to re­con­sider parts of Trans Moun­tain’s ap­pli­ca­tion re­lated to ma­rine ship­ping and ap­pointed for­mer Supreme Court jus­tice Frank Ia­cobucci to over­see a new round of con­sul­ta­tions with Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

Af­ter gath­er­ing in­put from the pub­lic on two op­tions, the NEB says it will limit its con­sid­er­a­tion of project-re­lated ship­ping to the area be­tween the Westridge Ma­rine Ter­mi­nal in Burn­aby, B.C., and the 12-nau­ti­cal-mile ter­ri­to­rial sea limit, not to Canada’s 200-nau­ti­cal-mile ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone. It also cor­rected the num­ber of ap­proved in­ter­ven­ers to 99, not­ing it had ini­tially re­leased an in­cor­rect to­tal of 98 on Oct. 5.

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