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
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