As a Commenter, how can I be involved in a hearing process?

As a Commenter, how can I be involved in a hearing process? [PDF 410 KB]

2017

Outline

This presentation provides a brief overview on how you can participate in a hearing process as a Commenter. It also provides information on how to find details regarding the hearing process you apply to participate in.

This presentation includes information on:

  • Being a Commenter
  • What is a letter of comment?
  • Where can you find more information?
  • What is a Process Advisor?

Being a Commenter

  • How do I participate in a hearing process as a commenter?
    • If you participate as a commenter, you share your views on the project with the Board in a Letter of Comment.
    • Please refer to the project-specific Hearing Order for details on how you can participate. This presentation describes the general procedural rights of a Commenter. On some occasions, more rights are afforded to Commenters – this is why you must refer to the Hearing Order.
  • How do I prepare?
    • Understand the process and how to participate in it.
    • Read parts of the application and the public record that apply to your interests.
    • Be familiar with the Hearing Order and procedural updates.
    • Respect deadlines.

Being a Commenter (cont'd)

  • You were approved to be a Commenter because you:
    • are directly affected, and/or
    • have relevant information or expertise.
  • As a Commenter:
    • You can seek to influence the Board’s recommendation or decision through your letter of comment.
    • Typically, other participants can’t ask you questions on your letter and you can’t ask questions of others.
  • You can follow the hearing by:
    • reading the public registry, hearing transcripts and project website,
    • listening to the hearing on-line,
    • attending the hearing in person, and
    • signing up to receive updates on key milestones or decisions of the Board.

What is a letter of comment?

  • Your letter of comment is your opportunity to let the Board know your views.
    • You letter must be relevant to the List of Issues.
    • Your letter is a public document and will be posted on the NEB’s website.
  • Your letter of comment can include:
    • Your views and concerns on the project.
    • How the project will impact you
    • Information or expertise you have about the project.
    • Your position on the recommendation/decision the Board will make.
    • Your views on conditions that should be put on the project, if it is approved.
    • Supporting information:
      • For example, photographs, written information that supports your position.
  • For more information, please see the presentation “How to Prepare a Letter of Comment

Where can I find more information?

  • On the NEB Website, you can find project webpages for most hearing processes.
  • The project Page can be a useful tool to hearing participants as it gives quick access to:
    • key documents and information specific to a hearing process such as the Hearing Order, the hearing schedule and procedural directions;
    • news releases issued by the Board regarding the project;
    • the schedule of workshops, usually on-line, to assist participants in specific parts of the hearing;
    • documents filed in the Public Registry for the project by all participants;
    • the Process Advisor contact information.
  • The Hearing Process Handbook provides you with general information about the NEB hearing process.

What is a Process Advisor?

  • The Board assigns Process Advisors (PAs) to each hearing to assist you to better understand the hearing process for a specific project, and how to participate in it effectively.
  • The Process Advisors are available by telephone and email. Visit the project page of the hearing you registered to participate in at www.neb-one.gc.ca to find the contact information of your Process Advisors.
  • Process Advisors also offer workshops, usually on-line, to assist participants in specific parts of the hearing.
  • The Process Advisors can only discuss process matters with you and cannot make your case for you.

Where to Find More Information

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