NEB to hear Northwest Mainline Komie North Extension application

CALGARY, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board today issued Hearing Order GH-001-2012 for the Northwest Mainline Komie North Extension application submitted by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL).

The project is a proposed expansion of NGTL's Alberta System in northeastern British Columbia (BC) and northwestern Alberta (AB). It includes the construction and operation of two new pipeline sections and related facilities.

The Komie North Section would be located approximately 110 kilometres north of Fort Nelson, BC. This first leg of the project consists of building approximately 97 kilometres of 914-millimetre (36 inches) outside diameter pipeline with a starting point near the proposed Fortune Creek Meter Station with a tie-in point on the Horn River Mainline (Cabin Section) near the Encana Cabin Gas Plant.

The Chinchaga Section would be about 76 kilometres northwest of Manning, AB. This second segment involves the construction of approximately 33 kilometres of 1,219 millimetres (48 inches) outside diameter pipeline and would be built alongside the existing Chinchaga Lateral Loop No. 3 from the Chinchaga Meter Station to a tie-in point at the Meikle River Compressor Station.

NGTL is proposing to start clearing during winter 2012-2013, proceed with construction during fall and winter 2013-2014 and be ready for operation by the second quarter of 2014.

The NEB has assigned Brenda Price as the Process Advisor for this project. The Process Advisor's role is to support the public (e.g., landowners, concerned citizens, environmental non-governmental organizations) and Aboriginal groups who intend to participate in the hearing.

You may contact Brenda Price by calling (toll free) 1-800-899-1265, extension 3161 or         403-299-3161, or by sending an email to brenda.price@neb-one.gc.ca.

People and groups with an interest in the project are invited to attend a Public Information Session on 22 February 2012 between 7 pm - 9 pm to learn about the NEB's hearing process.

          Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Town Hall (Raven Room)
           
          5319 - 50th Avenue South, Fort Nelson, BC.

The NEB is inviting comments on the Draft List of Issues and the Draft Scope of the Environmental Assessment to be submitted by 6 March 2012.

Members of the public may choose to participate in the hearing in one of three ways:

i.            by seeking intervenor status;
ii.            by filing a letter of comment; or
iii.            by applying to make an oral statement, if an oral public hearing is to be held.

To be considered for intervenor status, applications must be submitted no later than noon (MST), 6 March 2012. These documents must be sent to the Secretary of the Board, and a copy must also be sent to NGTL and its counsel.

The deadline for filing a letter of comment or, if an oral hearing is to be held, for applying to make an oral statement will be outlined in an Amended Hearing Order that the Board will issue at a later date and which will be posted on its Web site.

Online application forms are available on the NEB's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca. To submit your application electronically, click on the "Regulatory Documents" heading, scroll down and select "On-line forms for participation in a hearing", and then click on the appropriate form.

Please visit the NEB Web site 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 Hearing and Information Session, and then click on Participate in a Public Hearing.

The NEB is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

This news release and Hearing Order GH-001-2012 are also available on the Board's Internet site under What's New!


SOURCE National Energy Board

For further information:

Carole Léger-Kubeczek
Communications Officer
Email: carole.leger-kubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-299-2717
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For a copy of the   National Energy Board Library

Hearing Order: Hearing Order GH001-2012: Ground Floor
444 Seventh Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 0X8
Telephone: 403-299-3561
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Telecopier: 403-292-5576
Telecopier (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
Email: library@neb-one.gc.ca


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