Trans Moun­tain hear­ings at NEB to meet gov­ern­ment dead­line

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

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 plan to triple trans Moun­tain ca­pac­ity be­tween ed­mon­ton and burn­aby, b.c., is in limbo while Ot­tawa at­tempts to ful­fil a court’s re­quire­ments to con­sult In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties and con­sider the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of ad­di­tional oil tankers off the coast.

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.

the Neb will limit its con­sid­er­a­tion of ship­ping to the area be­tween the Westridge Marine ter­mi­nal and the 12-nau­ti­cal-mile ter­ri­to­rial sea limit.

JONATHAN Hay­ward/ THE Cana­dian PRESS

Pipes are seen at the pipe yard at the Trans Moun­tain fa­cil­ity in Kam­loops, B.C.

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