Funding available to participate in the NEB's regulatory process regarding the Carmon Creek Pipeline project

CALGARY, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB, or the Board) is making available $200,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist landowners, Aboriginal groups, incorporated non-industry, not-for-profit organizations, and other interested persons to participate in the regulatory process of the proposed Carmon Creek Pipeline project. A higher amount may be considered once applications for funding are received.

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) filed a project description on 15 November 2013, informing the Board that an application seeking approval for the Carmon Creek Pipeline project will be submitted later this year.  The project, if approved, would be located about 35 km north east of Peace River, Alberta, and would involve the construction and operation of a new 61 km sweet natural gas pipeline measuring up to 610 mm (24 inches) in width. Approximately 56 km of the pipeline would be built alongside existing linear uses.

Funding is being made available to help those who are interested in reviewing and commenting on a project application to be submitted by NGTL. 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. Details about the hearing process 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 will be covered by this funding.

A preliminary draft List of Issues identifying the topics that the Board may consider during the review process is available on the NEB website.  This list may be updated after the application has been filed. Those who are interested in applying for Participant Funding are encouraged to review information on the proposed project.

Information about the Participant Funding is available on the Board's Web site (www.neb-one.gc.ca). Under Public Participation, select Participant Funding Program. Please review the Participant Funding Program Guide to determine when and how to apply for funding and what will be covered. The Application for Funding Form and the Contribution Agreement can also be found on this page.

For general information about the Board's hearing process and how you can participate effectively, select Hearing and Information Sessions on the Board's website, 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 will be available for the Carmon Creek Pipeline project. In its project description, NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) is requesting approval for the construction and operation of a new 61 km sweet natural gas pipeline to be built in the northwestern part of the province of Alberta.

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.

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SOURCE Government of Canada

For further information:

Carole Léger-Kubeczek
E-mail: carole.leger-kubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca
Communications Officer
Telephone: 403-221-3465
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