Backgrounder

Coordinating the review of the Line 21 Segment Replacement Project with other regulators

Updated 14 August 2017

As Canada’s federal energy regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB) cooperates with regulatory agencies in Canada and around the world. By developing working partnerships with other regulators, we are able to rely on technical expertise and regional knowledge from across the country while reducing overlap and duplication.

The NEB has a long history of working cooperatively with the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board. We both have regulatory responsibilities under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act regarding pipeline developments, including the requirement to conduct preliminary screenings and issue authorizations. In recognition of this, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013 which says that we agree to work together so that pipeline applications could be reviewed in a timely and effective way.

Line 21 Replacement Program Map

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On March 10, 2017, Enbridge Pipelines (NW) Inc. applied to the NEB to replace a section of its Line 21 Pipeline, also known as the Norman Wells Pipeline. Enbridge plans to install up to 2.5 kilometres of new pipeline under the Mackenzie River, near Fort Simpson, NT.Enbridge also applied to the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board for a land use permit and a water licence. Enbridge cannot begin work on this project until the permit and licence have been issued

On 26 July 2017, the NEB decided to postpone its hearing [Filing A85153] while the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board was making a determination on its regulatory process. In deciding to postpone the oral hearing in Fort Simpson, the NEB was mindful of the fact that Enbridge has already indicated [Document 3283509]Footnote 1 that it will not begin work on the project until summer 2018.

On 3 August 2017, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board decided to proceed with a public hearingFootnote 2, and has committed to coordinate the two regulatory processes where possible.  Further details can be found on their public registry and online review system.

The NEB hearing remains postponed until further notice.

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