Energy East and Eastern Mainline Projects

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Energy East Pipeline Ltd. (EEPL) and TransCanada Pipeline Limited (TransCanada)

On 16 June 2016, the National Energy Board announced that, on account of the interconnections between the applications, the Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects are more effectively assessed within a single hearing process, with one record, reviewed by one Panel of Board Members. The Panel also deemed the applications complete to proceed to assessment and a public hearing, starting the 21-month review process.

The Panel must submit a report to the Minister of Natural Resources recommending whether or not the projects should proceed. This report is due no later than 16 March 2018.

On this page you can find:

The Projects

Energy East

Energy East is a 4,500-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.

Project Map

This map provides an overview of the Energy East Project.

TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project Map

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Eastern Mainline

The Project would consist of approximately 279 km of new gas pipeline and related components and would be constructed in four sections, beginning near Markham, Ontario and finishing near the community of Brouseville, Ontario. About 203 km of the proposed 279 km pipeline would be installed adjacent to existing pipeline, railway and public highway rights-of-way.

The application for the Project has been filed to enable TransCanada to continue to meet its commercial obligations following the proposed transfer of certain Canadian Mainline facilities to Energy East Pipeline Ltd. for the conversion of those facilities to crude oil from natural gas service (Asset Transfer). The Asset Transfer makes up a portion of the Energy East application.

TransCanada is not, in this application, seeking approvals pursuant to Part IV of the NEB Act, relating to recovery of the cost of the Project through tolls.

Project Map

This map provides an overview of the TransCanada Eastern Mainline Project.

TransCanada Eastern Mainline Project Map

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Review Process

The review process will include the following elements:

  • Panel Hearing for Aboriginal groups and stakeholders directly affected by the projects and/or who have relevant expertise
  • Expanded public engagement activities to be carried out by a team of additional Board Members who will report relevant findings to the Hearing Panel
  • An assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to be conducted by the Government of Canada

This timeline provides a high level overview of the main activities of the review process. For more information about these initiatives, please see this backgrounder.

Comprehensive Energy East Review Process

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Textual description of this diagram

Comprehensive Energy East Review Process

The review will include three streams:

First stream: NEB Panel Hearing

It will start with Panel Session in communities between August and December 2016.

Later on in 2017, the steps are:

  • Evidence filed and questioned
  • Comments provided
  • Draft conditions
  • Final argument

The final Hearing Panel recommendation report is due in March 2018.

The second stream is led by Additional Board Members.

It starts in the fall of 2016 with engagement activities, to be followed by community meetings in the winter and spring of 2017, and a report to the NEB Hearing Panel in the spring of 2017.

The third stream is an assessment of Upstream

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs).

The draft GHGs report, and public consultation and engagement activities will be conducted in 2017.

The final GHFs report is due in March 2018.

Note: This diagram will be updated periodically as information becomes available.

Panel Hearing


  • 22 June 2016: The Hearing Panel issues the list of participants, a survey to participants, Procedural Direction #4 and invites Aboriginal Intervernors to provide Oral Traditional Evidence.
  • 16 June 2016: The Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications are considered complete to proceed with the review.

View past hearing status updates

Next steps

  • In mid-July, the NEB will release the Hearing Order.

Beginning on 8 August 2016 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the Board will offer Panel Sessions in communities along the pipeline route to allow Intervenors to make a short statement and ask high-level questions of the Applicants.

Oral Traditional Evidence

The NEB is committed to hearing from Indigenous peoples in a way that respects their values and traditions. Indigenous peoples have an oral tradition for sharing lessons and knowledge from generation to generation. Since this information cannot always be shared adequately in writing, the Hearing Panel has invited Aboriginal Intervenors to provide Oral Traditional Evidence (OTE).

OTE sessions for the Energy East project were held between November 9 and December 15, 2015. Additional sessions will be scheduled in 2016 and 2017.

Regulatory documents relevant to oral traditional evidence:

  • 22 June 2016: Letter to Aboriginal Intervenors inviting them to provide Oral Traditional Evidence [Filing A77850]
  • 16 July 2015: Letter to Parties, List of Aboriginal Intervenors and Notice of Intent to Provide Oral Traditional Evidence [Filing A71289]
  • 7 August 2015: Energy East and Eastern Mainline – Oral Traditional Evidence [Filing A71675]
  • 1 October 2015: Procedural Direction No. 1 – Oral Traditional Evidence Process and Schedule [Filing A72951]
  • 2 November 2015: Procedural Direction No. 2a – Oral Traditional Evidence – Regina [Filing A73650]

Support for Participants

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.

Meet the Panel

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

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

The Hearing Panel will study the application and all relevant information and evidence placed on the record. Learn more about the Hearing Panel.

Sessions consist of a 45 minute presentation followed by a question period.

If you would like to request an information session, please contact a Process Advisor at 1-800-899-1265 or by email:

  • 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.

Please note that our team of Process Advisors can offer support in both English and French.

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. To reach a Process Advisor for Energy East or Eastern Mainline call 1-800-899-1265 or email:

Participant Funding Program

Refer to the Participant Funding Program page for information on deadlines, eligibility, how to apply for funding and how to submit claims.

Official Languages

The NEB is committed to providing all services and public communications in both of Canada’s official languages. We follow all regulations set out by the Official Languages Act, the Official Languages Regulations and Treasury Board policy to meet the needs of Canadians in both English and French.

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

Energy East and Canada’s Official Languages: A Message from the Team

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Regulatory Documents

During the Hearing Panel review of these projects, all evidence, letters of comment, decisions and other relevant documents must be filed with the NEB and placed on the online document repository. These documents are all accessible to the public. You can find these documents at:

If you need to read the application for the Energy East Project in French, please visit the company’s website.

List of Issues

The Lists of Issues are the regulatory documents that outline what the Hearing Panel will consider when it reviews the Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects. They keep everyone focused on the issues that are relevant to the Hearing Panel’s assessment.

News releases

See past news releases for this project


NEB Contact Information

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

Hearing Process (Process Advisory Team)
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

Participant Funding Program
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah Kiley
Communications Office
Telephone: 403-299-3302
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

Marc Drolet
Communications Officer

Telephone: 514-283-2261
Telephone (cellular): 514-476-9911

Company Contacts

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

Energy East:

Eastern Mainline: