Energy East Project

Project Update

  • The NEB has issued the list of approved Aboriginal Intervenors in the Energy East project.
  • The NEB has offered to begin collecting oral traditional evidence.
  • The hearing process, locations and dates have not yet been determined.

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If you are new to the NEB’s process, our mandate and hearing process, you may want to:

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  3. Consult the Hearing Process Handbook
  4. Find out if you qualify for the Participant Funding Program

Energy East Pipeline Ltd. (EEPL)

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Project Information

Energy East is a 4,600-kilometre pipeline proposed to carry 1.1-million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.

The project would include:

  • Converting an existing natural gas pipeline to an oil transportation pipeline;
  • Constructing new pipeline in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, 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.

Key Milestones

  • 16 July 2015: NEB issues the list of approved Aboriginal Intervenors.
  • 17 March 2015: Close of the Application to Participate (ATP) process.
  • 23 February 2015: Participant Funding Program - Close of Phase I
  • 6 January 2015: NEB announced List of Issues and the ATP process.
  • 30 October 2014: EEPL submitted the project application. [Folder 2543426]
    • For a French version, please click here: The company has provided French documents on their website.
  • 22 April 2014: NEB announced that participant funding would be available.
  • 4 March 2014: EEPL submitted a project description which triggered the NEB’s engagement and outreach activities.

Project Map

This map provides an overview of the Energy East Project.

TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project Map

View larger PDF version [PDF 151 KB]

Review of the Project

Meet the Panel

This project will be reviewed by the following three NEB Board members:

  • Roland George (Presiding Member)
  • Lyne Mercier
  • Jacques Gauthier

The Panel will study the application and all relevant information and evidence placed on the record. This same Panel will also consider the Eastern Mainline Project. Learn more about the Panel here.

Hearing Process Updates

  • The Board is currently reviewing the Application and has not yet made any determination on completeness.
    • On 2 April 2015, Energy East Pipeline Ltd (EEPL) filed additional information: A69338, A69356, A69362, A69359, A69355 and A69360.The Board will review and consider this information.
    • Letters received prior to the Hearing Order will be placed into the “Pre-Participation Documents” folder but will not be considered evidence in the hearing [Folder 2432401].
  • Only people and groups who have applied to participate and have been granted standing as participants will be allowed to provide information to be considered by the Board in making its recommendation.
  • The Application to Participate process is closed. To file a late application, contact the process advisory team for details.
  • The NEB has issued the list of approved Aboriginal Intervenors and has offered to begin collecting oral traditional evidence.
  • The full list of approved participants will be issued as the NEB completes its assessment of the applications to participate received to determine who can participate and how (Intervenor or Commenter).
  • If the Board determines that the project application is sufficiently complete, it will issue a Hearing Order.
  • The Hearing Order is a key document that outlines how the review will take place, the roles and responsibilities of participants and any associated timelines.
  • From the time that the Hearing Order is issued, the Board has up to 15 months to deliver its recommendation report to the government who then has another three months to review the recommendation and make the final decision.
  • During the hearing, the Board will collect relevant information from those who are participants in the Board’s process.
Hearing Process Diagram

Above: Typical hearing process. Note that engagement is a continuous process.

List of Issues

The List of Issues is a regulatory document that outlines what the Board will consider when it reviews the Energy East Project application. A List of Issues 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 list.

Oral traditional evidence

The NEB is committed to hearing from Aboriginal groups in a way that respects their values and traditions. Aboriginal groups have an oral tradition for sharing stories, lessons and knowledge from generation to generation.

The NEB is inviting Aboriginal Intervenors to share their oral traditional evidence. This will be an opportunity to identify and increase understanding of the perspectives of Aboriginal groups in relation to Energy East.

A Process Advisor will contact all groups who provide a Notice of Intent [Filing A71289] to provide oral traditional evidence. A Procedural Directive with details on the process and schedule will be provided after all groups have been contacted and logistical arrangements are made.

Public Hearing

Details regarding the hearing, including where and when the hearing would take place, will be made available through the Hearing Order, if the Panel determines the application to be complete.

Applications to Participate

The Application to Participate (ATP) process is closed.

The Board will decide if late application will be accepted and whether you will be allowed to participate. Please contact the Process Advisor to discuss the filing process for a late application to participate.

The Board will use the information provided in your ATP to decide if and how (Intervenor or Commenter) you will be allowed to participate in this hearing.


Email is not a valid method of filing regulatory documents with the NEB. Comments about the Energy East Project received by email will not be considered.

Support for Participants

Process Advisor

The main role of a Process Advisor is to provide information to the general public and support to participants in the hearing. They can also answer questions about the NEB’s process. You can contact a Process Advisor by calling 1-800-899-1265 (toll-free) or emailing

Resource material presented during information sessions(s) held prior to the close of the Application to Participate process:

  • NEB 101: A summary about the Board, its mandate and the hearing process, including an overview of the Application to Participate process and the Participant Funding Program.
  • Participation in a Public Hearing - Part “A”: Information about who may participate in the Board’s hearing, methods of participation, and the roles and responsibilities of participants.
  • Participation in a Public Hearing (Part “B”): Guidance about whether you meet the criteria for participation in the hearing and a step-by-step tutorial about the application form.
  • Participant Funding Program: This information session will provide information about the NEB’s Participant Funding Program, including eligibility criteria, eligible activities and costs, and the steps to apply for funding.

Participant Funding

On 10 August 2015, PFP announced it had increased the funding envelope for Energy East from $2.5 M divided between two phases (i.e. $1.25M per phase) to $5M for the entire process (no phased funding). This is the most the PFP was able to allocate given the limited amount of funding approved annually by Parliament. Therefore, in order to ensure funding is provided to all eligible Intervenors that have applied for funding, the maximum award is limited to $40,000 for groups. This amount is consistent with the PFP average awards for large projects (e.g. Trans Mountain Expansion).

New applications will be accepted starting 30 September 2015 for those that have not yet applied for PFP. All applications will be assessed after the announced deadline (TBD) and decisions will be issued within 60 days.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply for funding, please review the PFP Program Guide. If you have questions, you can contact the Participant Funding Program by calling 1-800-899-1265 (toll-free) or by emailing


Regulatory Documents

During the National Energy Board's review of this project, all evidence, letters of comment, Board decisions and other relevant documents must be filed with the NEB and placed on the Board's online document repository. These documents are all accessible to the public. You can find these documents here: [Folder 2540913].

If you need to read the application for the Energy East Project in French, the company has provided sections of it on their website. On the Regulatory Filing  page scroll down to Application.

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Organizations or groups that are not subject to the Official Languages Act may provide information in the official language of their choice.

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NEB Contact Information

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For questions about the NEB's hearing process, please contact:
Process Advisory Team


For questions about the Participant Funding Program, please contact:
Participant Funding Coordinator


For inquiries, please contact:
Katherine Murphy


Company Contacts

If you have questions about the project, including whether or not the pipeline could cross your property, please contact EEPL at 1-855-895-8750.

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