CALGARY, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected a
Canadian environmentalist's effort to appeal the National Energy Board's (NEB)
approval of the Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. (MATL) power line project between
Lethbridge, Alberta and Great Falls, Montana.
In a two-sentence order issued September 26, 2007 the court also ordered
Brian Staszenski to pay MATL's costs incurred because of his failed attempt to
The court ruled that Staszenski had provided no legal grounds for an
appeal consideration, and that there were "serious doubts" as to whether he
even had legal standing to appeal the NEB decision granting MATL a permit to
build the line.
Bob Williams, Vice President Regulatory for MATL, said Monday that the
decision was a clear victory for the project, a 230 kilowatt merchant
transmission line. "This was a clear rejection by the court," Williams said.
"In very plain language, the court said he had no case and didn't even have
standing to seek an appeal."
In April, 2007 The National Energy Board granted MATL a permit to build
the line which will be the first electrical interconnection between Alberta
and neighboring Montana.
Williams noted that the process leading up to the NEB's approval was very
public and that MATL remains committed to that concept as the project moves
forward. "We've had a tremendous, genuine dialogue with members of the public
on both sides of the border on this project and it has served all parties
well," Williams said. "We are committed to the ideal of decision through civil
Alberta Energy and Utility Board hearings on MATL's application to
operate the line will be held in Lethbridge Alberta beginning October 16.
Montana Alberta Tie Ltd.
Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. is a Calgary based company formed to build and
operate the Montana Alberta Tie. The company's management team has more than
100 years experience in the Alberta power industry. Montana Alberta Tie Ltd.
(www.matl.ca) is 100% controlled by Tonbridge Power Inc.
Tonbridge Power Inc.
Tonbridge Power Inc. is a Toronto-based developer of electrical
transmission assets, whose principle asset is a 100% interest in Montana
Alberta Tie Ltd. Shares of the Company are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange
under the symbol "TBZ".
For more information please go to www.tonbridgepower.com
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