Funding available to participate in the NEB's regulatory process regarding the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

CALGARY, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB, or the Board) is making funding available 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 Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The project would expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system in Alberta and British Columbia, and include approximately 981 kilometres of new pipeline, new and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks, and the reactivation of 193 kilometres of existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby. There would also be an expansion of the Westridge Marine Terminal. Details of the current project description can be found on the NEB website at www.neb-one.gc.ca.

Funding is being made available to help those interested review and comment on a project application to be submitted by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC. 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, which 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 how to apply for funding and what funding will cover.

A List of Issues identifying the topics the Board will consider during the review process will soon be available on the NEB website and a funding envelope will also be announced. Those who are interested in applying for Participant Funding are encouraged to review information on the proposed project.

Interested persons should also review the Application for Funding Form and the Contribution Agreement available on the Board's website (www.neb-one.gc.ca) under Participant Funding Program.

Please visit the NEB website 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 Hearings and Information Sessions, 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 Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The Project would expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system in Alberta and British Columbia. 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.

SOURCE: National Energy Board

For further information:

Carole Léger-Kubeczek (carole.leger-kubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca)
Communications Officer
Telephone: 403-221-3465
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663


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