Funding available to participate in the NEB's regulatory process regarding the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion Project

CALGARY, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB, or the Board) is making available $ 200,000.00 under its Participant Funding Program to assist landowners, Aboriginal groups, incorporated non-industry, not-for-profit organisations, and other interested persons to participate in the regulatory process of the proposed Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (Enbridge) Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion Project.

Enbridge filed an application with the Board requesting authorization to reverse flow of a segment of Line 9 between North Westover, Ontario and Montreal, Québec from a westward to an eastward direction. Enbridge is also requesting an expansion of the entire Line 9 capacity from Sarnia, Ontario to Montreal and a revision to the Line 9 Rules and Regulations Tariff to allow transportation of heavy crude.

This funding is being made available to help interested persons review and comment on a project application submitted by the proponent, Enbridge. To receive funding, interested persons will have to apply for and be accepted as an intervenor in the NEB's regulatory process for this project. Funding must be used to prepare for and participate in the hearing process, which will be announced by the Board at a later date.

A funding review committee, independent of the regulatory process, will consider all applications for funding and make recommendations on the allocation of funds.

Funding applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Funding will only be awarded for hearing related activities conducted after your application has been approved. Please review the Participant Funding Program Guide to determine when and how to apply for funding and what funding will cover.

Interested persons are encouraged to review information on the proposed project, before submitting an application.

Interested persons should also review the Application for Funding Form and the Contribution Agreement available on the Board's website (www.neb-one.gc.ca under Participant Funding Program.

Public open houses will be held to provide information on the hearing process and public participation at the following dates and locations:

Hamilton, ON
6:00-9:00pm, 19 February 2013
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, 116 King Street West

Toronto, ON
6:00-9:00pm, 20 February 2013
Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, 33 Carlson Court

Montreal, QC
6:00-9:00pm, 21 February 2013
Hotel Royal Versailles, 7200 Sherbrook East

A Process Advisor has been assigned to provide support to the members of the public who participate in the NEB's hearing process. To request information about the hearing process or the Participant Funding Program, please contact Michael Benson using the toll-free number at 1-800-899-1265, extension 1992.

Please visit the NEB website for general information about the hearing process and how you can participate effectively. To access the information, go to www.neb-one.gc.ca, select Hearings and Information Sessions, and then click on Participate in a Public Hearing.

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

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The National Energy Board announced today that Participant Funding would be available for the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion Project. Enbridge filed an application with the Board requesting authorization to reverse flow of a segment of Line 9 between North Westover, Ontario and Montreal, Québec from a westward to an eastward direction. Enbridge is also requesting an expansion of the entire Line 9 capacity from Sarnia, Ontario to Montreal and a revision to the Line 9 Rules and Regulations Tariff to allow transportation of heavy crude. Funding applications should be submitted as soon as possible. To find out more about the project, or to apply for funding, visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.

SOURCE: National Energy Board

For further information:

Whitney Punchak (whitney.punchak@neb-one.gc.ca)
Communications Officer
Telephone: 403-299-2717
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663