Energy East Project

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The NEB is now accepting Applications to Participate. The deadline is 3 March 2015.

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Project Overview and the Board’s Role - Frequently asked questions

Energy East Pipeline Ltd. (EEPL)

On this page you can find:

Project Information

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

  • 3 February – 3 March 2015: Application to Participate (ATP) process open.
  • 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: The company has provided sections of the application on their website. On their Regulatory Filing page scroll down to Application Volumes.
  • 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

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NEB 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.
    • The Board will address the letters it has received on this matter when it makes its decision on completeness. (See Board letter [Filing A65092]). 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]. You will need to Apply to Participate to provide information the Board should consider in making its recommendation.
  • Those who wish to participate in the hearing for the Energy East Project must apply to participate using the Application to Participate (ATP) form. The ATP form is available from 3 February - 3 March 2015.
  • If the Board determines that the application is sufficiently complete, it will issue a Hearing Order along with the list of participants.
  • 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.

Public Hearing

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

Applying to Participate

Need help?

Sign up for an information session on how to complete an ATP form.

Or, contact the Process Advisor for assistance or if you require an alternative method of filing this form.

To be a participant in a NEB Hearing Process, you must be directly affected or have relevant information or expertise. You can apply to participate as an Intervenor or by letter of comment.

When to apply

The NEB is accepting Applications to Participate from 3 February to 3 March 2015.   

How to apply


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.

To participate in this hearing, complete the online Application to Participate (ATP) form. It provides step-by-step instructions and prompts that are easy to follow.

To file an ATP form, you must create a user name and password. Please keep a record of the user name and password you create as you need these to access your account in future.

To continue to the secure login and to complete your ATP form online click: Apply Now

Quick Tips

The Board will use the information you provide in your ATP to decide if and how you will be allowed to participate in this hearing.

  • When completing the form:
    • show how your interest or information/expertise is relevant to one or more of the issues identified in the List of Issues.
    • provide enough information for the Board to decide whether you should be allowed to participate and by what method (as an Intervenor or by filing a letter or comment).
  • Note that you can save your changes and come back later to complete your form.

Support for Participants

Process Advisor

The main role of a Process Advisor is to support you if you participate in the hearing. 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

Information Sessions

The NEB offers a series of information sessions to those who have an interest in learning more about the Board and its processes.

Sessions consist of a 30 to 40 minutes presentation followed by a question period.

  • Calendar of Upcoming Sessions.
  • Material presented at the information session(s):
    • 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.
    • Call-In Sessions / Séances ligne ouverte: These sessions are similar to an online open forum where you can ask questions about the hearing process and the Application to Participate form. Questions can be asked in both French and English.
  • List of Past Open Houses

Participant Funding

The approved Participant Funding Program funding envelope for the Energy East Project is $2,500,000. This funding will be distributed amongst individuals and groups eligible for funding and intervening in the regulatory process hearing.

The Participant Funding Program will be accepting funding applications until 27 July 2015 for the second phase which provides funding for Intervenors to test evidence, to prepare and submit final argument and to prepare for and attend any portion of the oral component to the hearing. Note: the 23 February 2015 deadline for the first phase has now passed.

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

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 Volumes.

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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 media inquiries, please contact:
Katherine Murphy

E- mail:

Tara O'Donovan

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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