National Energy Board announces a hearing on the South Peace Pipeline Project application



    CALGARY, March 12 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) released
Hearing Order GH-3-2008 today, announcing plans for an oral hearing on a
recent application from Westcoast Energy Inc., carrying on business as Spectra
Energy Transmission (Westcoast) to construct and operate the South Peace
Pipeline Project. Westcoast estimates the value of the proposal to be
$95-million.
    The NEB hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 August 2008 in a location to
be determined based on public interest expressed, and suitability for a public
hearing.
    The proposed South Peace Pipeline Project is an approximately 89.5 km
extension of Westcoast's existing raw gas gathering system near Fort St. John,
British Columbia. The new pipeline would carry gas from the "South Peace Area"
south of Fort St. John and the Peace River to connect to Westcoast's existing
McMahon processing plant, in Taylor, British Columbia.
    The public is invited to participate in the NEB hearing in one of three
ways:

    
    i.    by filing a letter of comment;
    ii.   by making an oral statement; or,
    iii.  by seeking intervenor status.
    

    Details on the various participation options can be found on the NEB
website at www.neb-one.gc.ca. From the home page, select "View or Submit a
Regulatory Document." Then select "Submit Documents Electronically" under
"On-line forms for participation in a hearing." In order to become an
Intervenor or to make an oral statement, people must first submit an
application to the NEB. A copy of the letter or application for intervenor
status must also be sent to Westcoast's contact person, as noted in the NEB
Hearing Order. In addition to electronic submission, documents may be mailed
or faxed to:

    Secretary of the Board
    National Energy Board
    444 Seventh Avenue SW
    Calgary, Alberta
    T2P 0X8
    Fax: 403-292-5503
    Fax (toll free): 1-877-288-8803

    The deadline for intervenor applications is 12:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight
Time (MDT) on Wednesday, 9 April 2008. The deadline for letters of comment and
oral statement applications is 12:00 p.m. MDT on Monday, 23 June 2008.
    Additional information on public participation in NEB hearing processes
is available on the NEB web site under "Involving the Public" by clicking on
"Participate in a Public Hearing."
    In tandem with the release of the Hearing Order, the NEB also began the
public comment process on the draft scope of the environmental assessment (EA)
for the proposed Project. It is attached to the NEB's Hearing Order as
Appendix V.
    The draft scope of the EA is an informative document that describes the
scope of the federal environmental assessment for the Project. The final scope
will be issued following consideration of the comments received on the draft.
The Board, along with the relevant federal authorities outlined in the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEA Act) will ensure that the EA is
conducted in accordance with its agreed scope.
    The public is invited to comment on the proposed scope by providing a
clear rationale for any proposed scope changes to the NEB. Written submissions
may be sent by courier, mail, fax, or through the NEB's online Electronic
Document Submission form. Comments on the draft scope must be submitted by
Wednesday, 2 April 2008 by noon MDT. The NEB cannot accept comments by e-mail.

    The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates parts of Canada's
energy industry. Its purpose is to promote safety and security, environmental
protection, and efficient energy infrastructure and markets in the Canadian
public interest, within the mandate set by Parliament in the regulation of
pipelines, energy development and trade.

    This news release and Hearing Order GH-3-2008 are available on the
Board's website at www.neb-one.gc.ca under "What's New", and under Regulatory
Documents/Quick Links/"Application to Construct and Operate the South Peace
Pipeline Project."

    
    For a copy of GH-3-2008             National Energy Board,
    Hearing Order:                      Library
                                        Ground Floor
                                        444 Seventh Avenue SW
                                        Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0X8
                                        Telephone: 403-299-3562
    





For further information:

For further information: Andrew Cameron, acameron@neb-one.gc.ca,
Communications Officer, Telephone: (403) 299-3930


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