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Energy East Pipeline Project

NEB 101 Information

Are you new to the NEB’s process? For your introduction to the NEB, its mandate and our hearing process, we suggest:

Project Update

The NEB is not currently accepting any comments about Energy East. When we receive an application from the company, we will provide more information about the hearing including how you may apply to participate and how to formally file documents.

Email is not a valid method of filing with the NEB. Comments about Energy East received by email will not be considered. You can, however, still email your general process questions to our Process Advisory Team.

For more information, please see Support for Participants.

Project Information

On 4 March 2014, TransCanada submitted a project description [Filing A59129] for the proposed Energy East pipeline project. The proposed project would include:

  • Converting an existing natural gas pipeline to an oil transportation pipeline;
  • Constructing new pipeline in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Eastern Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick to link up with the converted pipe; and
  • Constructing the associated facilities, pump stations and tank terminals required to move crude oil from Alberta to Québec and New Brunswick, including marine facilities that enable access to other markets by ship.

What does this mean? A project description is a summary of a project. It provides preliminary information, which allows the NEB to prepare for the application, and begin outreach activities. TransCanada will file a detailed application at a later date.

For more information on project descriptions, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

List of Issues

Below are links to the Lists of Issues for Energy East.

The Board has separated the Lists of Issues into one for Part III facilities matters and one for Part IV and V commercial and financial matters. These are the issues that the Board will consider when it reviews the anticipated Energy East application. A List of Issues (LOI) keeps everyone focused on the issues that are relevant to the Board’s assessment.

If you are planning to apply for funding or to participate in the hearing, your input must be related to the issues on the lists.

Support for Participants

Receive Project Updates

We will provide periodic updates by email about the application and hearing process for the proposed Energy East project. If you want to receive updates, fill out the Energy East subscription form.

Information Sessions

The Board plans to host technology-based information sessions with a Process Advisor to talk about the NEB’s role, the hearing process and how to participate, as well as the Participant Funding Program.

No information sessions are available at this time. Additional information sessions will be scheduled for a later date. Sign up for project updates to receive notification of when sessions will be available.

Process Advisor

What if I need extra support? After you watch these informational videos, or read the Hearing Process Handbook, you may still have more questions. A Process Advisor’s main role is to support you if you participate in the hearing but they can also answer questions now about the NEB’s process. You can contact a Process Advisor by calling 1-800-899-1265 (toll-free) or emailing EnergyEast.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca.

Participant Funding

Funding is available through our Participant Funding Program to help people interested in reviewing and commenting on Energy East and who qualify for participation and funding. To be considered to receive funding, you must submit an Application for Participant Funding, an Application to Participate, and you must be accepted as an Intervenor in the Board’s hearing process for Energy East.

You should watch this video , read these FAQs and review the Participant Funding Program Guide for more information on how to apply for funding and what is eligible to be covered by this funding.

You should also review information on the proposed project, including the Lists of Issues.

Why do I need to consult the Lists of Issues? The Lists of Issues outline what topics will be considered during the hearing. Funding is only available for Facilities Matters (Part III of the National Energy Board Act and will only be awarded to those who meet our funding requirements. These include being able to contribute relevant information that addresses the items listed in the Facilities Matters’ Lists of Issues. The best funding applications tie in their funding request to at least one item on the Lists of Issues.

Funding is not available for the Commercial and Financial Matters (Parts IV and V of the National Energy Board Act) portion of the hearing.

How will funds be allocated? A funding review committee is made up of three people, two of whom are not associated with the NEB and are independent of the regulatory process. The committee will consider all applications for funding and make recommendations on the allocation of funds. What can I use funding for? Funds must be used to prepare for and participate in the hearing. Costs may include: fees paid to a lawyer or expert, travel costs, collecting information or translation. Details about the hearing will be announced by the Board at a later date.

What can I use funding for? Funds must be used to prepare for and participate in the hearing. Costs may include: fees paid to a lawyer or expert, travel costs, collecting information or translation. Details about the hearing will be announced by the Board at a later date.

When should I apply for funding? You should apply as soon as possible. Funding can only be used for hearing-related activities that happen after you sign a Contribution Agreement.

What if I need extra support? After you watch this video, read these FAQs or review the Participant Funding Program Guide, you may still have more questions. You can contact the Participant Funding Coordinator by calling 1-800-899-1265 (toll-free) or 403-299-3130 or by emailing PFP.PAFP@neb-one.gc.ca.

Applying to Participate

To be a participant in an NEB Hearing Process, you must be directly affected or have relevant information or expertise.

Once the Energy East application is filed, we will open the process to Apply to Participate. We will set a deadline to apply (typically four weeks) and notify people on our email subscription list that the form is available. You may also be notified by TransCanada.

How can I apply? The online application form will guide you through all the steps to apply after you create a log in. Process Advisors will host sessions on the Application to Participate (ATP) process and can also help you with the form.

Where can I find the ATP form? You will access the online form right here from this webpage after it is launched.

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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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Date Modified:
2014-08-15