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22 April 2014

Funding available to participate in the NEB's regulatory process regarding the Energy East Pipeline Project

CALGARY - The National Energy Board is making $2,500,000 available under its Participant Funding Program to support participation in the hearing for the proposed Energy East Pipeline Project. These funds will help landowners, Aboriginal groups, incorporated non-industry, not-for-profit organizations, and other interested persons to participate in the regulatory process. A higher amount may be considered once applications for funding are received. 

TransCanada filed a project description on 4 March 2014, informing the Board that an application seeking approval for Energy East will be submitted later this year.  The proposed project would include converting an existing natural gas pipeline to an oil transportation pipeline and the construction of new pipeline segments to transport oil from Alberta to New Brunswick.

The funding available will help those who are interested to review the Energy East application and participate in the hearing.  Interested persons are encouraged to review information on the proposed project, including the List of Issues, before submitting an application for funding.

To receive funding, interested persons must apply for and be accepted as an Intervenor in the NEB’s regulatory process. The funds must be used to prepare for and participate in the hearing. Details about the hearing will be announced by the Board at a later date.

A funding review committee, independent of the regulatory process, will consider all applications for funding and make recommendations on the allocation of funds.

Funding applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Funding will only be awarded for hearing related activities conducted after you have signed a Contribution Agreement. Please review the Participant Funding Program Guide to determine when and how to apply for funding and what will be covered.

Information about the Participant Funding is available on the Board’s Web site (www.neb-one.gc.ca) under Public Participation; select Participant Funding Program. Please review the Participant Funding Program Guide to determine when and how to apply for funding and what will be covered. The Application for Funding Form and the Contribution Agreement can also be found on this page.

For more information, contact:

Participant Funding Program Coordinator
Tel: 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: PFP.PAFP@neb-one.gc.ca

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.

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The National Energy Board is making $2,500,000 available under its Participant Funding Program to support participation in the Hearing for the proposed Energy East Pipeline Project, which would include converting an existing natural gas pipeline to an oil transportation pipeline and the construction of new pipeline segments to transport oil from Alberta to New Brunswick.

Funding applications should be submitted as soon as possible. To find out more about the project, or to apply for funding, visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.

Media Inquiries:

Whitney Punchak
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: whitney.punchak@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-299-3122
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

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