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