CALGARY, Feb. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a public hearing to consider a proposal from Westcoast Energy Inc., doing business as Spectra Energy Transmission, (Westcoast) to build and operate the 27-kilometre-long Wyndwood Pipeline Expansion Project in northeast British Columbia. The NEB’s Hearing Order, released today, outlines the key steps and deadlines for the hearing. The hearing will include both oral and written components.
Westcoast has applied to the NEB under section 58 of the National Energy Board Act. In general, these types of applications do not require a public hearing. However, given the elevated level of public interest in this project, the NEB has decided to hold a hearing in order to consider the input of those who could be directly affected or who have expertise to share.
The NEB received 16 applications to participate and has granted Intervenor status to 14 applicants and Commenter status to one applicant. One application to participate was turned down. The NEB will consider evidence from local landowners, Indigenous groups, companies and Federal departments as it decides whether or not to approve this project.
- The Wyndwood Pipeline Expansion Project is a proposal to build and operate 27 kilometres of natural gas pipeline and associated facilities southwest of Chetwynd, BC. This project is a loop of Westcoast’s existing Fort St. John Mainline.
- The NEB is providing up to $250,000 in funding to support meaningful participation by intervenors in the hearing process.
- As this project falls under section 58 of the National Energy Board Act, the NEB is the final decision maker.