Energy East Project

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Project Information

On 30 October 2014, Energy East Pipeline Ltd. (EEPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada Oil Pipelines (Canada) Ltd., submitted an application [Folder 2543426] for the proposed Energy East project.

If you need to read the application for the Energy East Project in French, the company has provided sections of it on their website. Under the heading “About”, click on Regulatory Filing and scroll down to Application Volumes.

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.
TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project Map

Meet the Panel

The Energy East Project will be reviewed by a Panel made up of three NEB Board Members.

This same Panel will also consider the Eastern Mainline Project. This is the most effective approach to conduct a thorough review. The details of the hearing process will follow in early 2015.

Panel Members:

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

This bilingual Panel has over 16 years of regulatory leadership and experience with the National Energy Board (NEB or the Board). Throughout the Energy East and Eastern Mainline hearing processes, the Panel will study the applications and all information and evidence placed on the record.

Learn more about the Panel here.

Hearing Process Updates

For information about the Board’s Hearing Process, please consult the National Energy Board Hearing Handbook.

  • The Board is currently reviewing the Application for completeness 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.
  • The Board will make an announcement in early 2015 about the Application to Participate process.
  • 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 process, the Board will collect relevant information from those who are participants in the Board’s process.

Lists 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 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 one or more of the issues on the lists.

Regulatory Documents

All regulatory documents, including the project application, are available on the NEB website [Folder 2540913].

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 NEB offers a series of Information Sessions to those who have an interest in learning more about the Board and its processes:

  • 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 (PPH): Information about who may participate in the Board’s hearing, methods of participation, and the roles and responsibilities of participants.

Sessions consist of a 30 to 40 minutes presentation followed by a question period. Additional sessions could be scheduled based on demand. Please note that information sessions may be rescheduled or cancelled depending on attendance.

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.

Email is not a valid method of filing regulatory documents 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.

Participant Funding Program

Important Update

Participant Funding Application Deadlines AnnouncedTo be considered to receive funding, you must submit an Application for Participant Funding, available on the PFP webpage, an Application to Participate, and you must be accepted as an Intervenor in the Board’s hearing process for Energy East.

There are two phases of Participant Funding for the Energy East Project:

  • The funding deadline for the first phase is 23 February 2015 and provides funding for Intervenors for activities leading up to the submission of evidence.
  • The funding deadline for the second phase is 27 July 2015 and 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.

All decisions on funding will be released within two months of these deadlines.

Funding applicants are required to use the Energy East Project specific application form which can be found on the PFP webpage. If you have already submitted an application for funding using the previous form, we will be in touch with you soon.

The PFP has clarified the amount of funding that applicants can expect from the program, and the effort they need to invest in applying for funding, through the establishment of maximums for individuals and groups. These maximums are based on historical funding awards.

For more information about this announcement or the PFP program, please visit the PFP webpage to review Program Guide and Frequently Asked Questions.

$2,500,000 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, available on the PFP webpage, 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.

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 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.

We will provide details about the Application to Participate (ATP) process before the form becomes available on our website. These details will include information about when we will begin accepting applications to participate and a submission deadline. We will notify people on our email subscription list that the form is available.

What can I do in the meantime? You could participate in our information sessions and familiarize yourself with the application.

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 information sessions on the 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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National Energy Board
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