National Energy Board OKs offshore pipeline



    CALGARY, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB, the Board) has
approved an application by EnCana Corporation (EnCana) to build a
176-kilometre long underwater pipeline off the coast of Nova Scotia (NS).
    The $234 million Deep Panuke Pipeline will connect the proposed Deep
Panuke Offshore Gas Development Project with markets in the Maritimes and
Northeastern United States. The pipeline will run from an offshore production
unit near Sable Island to Goldboro, NS and is expected to ship up to
300 million cubic feet of natural gas daily when production begins in 2010.
EnCana expects to extract upwards of 630 billion cubic feet of natural gas
over the project's 13-year lifespan.
    In its Reasons for Decision, released today, the Board noted that the
pipeline will provide direct economic and employment benefits to the Maritimes
and act as an incentive for further exploration offshore Nova Scotia.
    The Board attached 26 conditions to its approval of the pipeline,
including requirements for EnCana to file updated Environment Protection Plans
and a plan for reporting to and liaising with the fishing industry.
    The public review of the Deep Panuke Project began in November 2006 when
interested stakeholders were invited to submit their comments on the
application. In March 2007, the NEB and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore
Petroleum Board held a coordinated concurrent public hearing to gather
evidence on the proposed project. The two Boards also submitted a Joint
Environmental Report in April 2007 which included recommendations related to
protecting Species of Special Status, water quality and wetlands among other
issues.

    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 the Reasons for Decision are available on the
Board's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!





For further information:

For further information: Name: Sarah Kiley, Title: Communications
Officer, Email: skiley@neb-one.gc.ca, Telephone: (403) 299-3633, TTY
(teletype): 1-800-632-1663; For a copy of Reasons for Decision: National
Energy Board, Publications, 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, E-mail: library@neb-one.gc.ca


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