Keystone XL construction permit expires

OTTAWA, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board has given Trans Canada Pipeline until October 14 to respond to the assertion of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union that its Canadian permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline has expired.

The NEB responded to a CEP application last week on the expiry of Order in Council 56 which required that construction of the pipeline commence prior to March 11, 2011. The NEB letter to TCPL can be found on the NEB web site's regulatory documents section - receipt A31873.

"This is no technicality," said CEP President Dave Coles. "TCPL missed its construction start deadlines because regulatory approval is more than a year late in the US, and there are still large doubts about whether there will be US federal and state approvals.

"Much has changed since 2009 when XL went through our NEB and federal cabinet without adequate scrutiny. We need to redo this and get it right."

TCPL claims that "earth moving" near the Hardisty tank farm was carried out in 2010, but the union contends that no work was done that could reasonably be considered a commencement of construction. An investigative team that went to Hardisty found only a faded sign and an empty grass field.

SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA

For further information:

Dave Coles - 613-299-5628

Steven Shrybman, Counsel for CEP -  613-482-2456

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