National Energy Board schedules hearing for TransCanada Alberta System Jurisdiction and Facilities Certificate



    CALGARY, July 21 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (the Board or NEB)
today released Hearing Order GH-5-2008, announcing its intention to hold a
public hearing process on a recent application from TransCanada PipeLines
Limited (TransCanada) requesting that the TransCanada Alberta System be
declared under federal jurisdiction and that the NEB issue a Certificate of
Public Convenience and Necessity for it under section 52 of the National
Energy Board Act.
    The oral part of the hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, 18 November 2008,
at a location to be determined.
    The TransCanada Alberta System is an existing natural gas pipeline system
comprised of approximately 23 500 km of pipeline and associated facilities
located within Alberta. It is owned by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., which is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada, and is presently regulated under
provincial legislation by the Alberta Utilities Commission.
    The hearing will proceed in two streams. The first will address whether
the TransCanada Alberta system is subject to federal jurisdiction. The Board
is seeking written submissions on this issue. After TransCanada's reply,
scheduled for 26 September 2008, the Board will determine if it needs further
information to determine the question of jurisdiction.
    Concurrently with this jurisdictional process, a second stream, the
Facilities Process, will be held to address TransCanada's request for a
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under section 52 of the
National Energy Board Act.

    
    Any person wishing to participate in this hearing process may do so in one
of three ways:

    i.   by filing an application to intervene by 12 p.m. Mountain Daylight
         Time (MDT), 22 August 2008 with the Secretary of the Board and
         serving a copy on TransCanada and its counsel;

    ii.  by filing a letter of comment to the Secretary of the Board and
         sending a copy to TransCanada and its counsel by 12 p.m. MDT on 12
         September 2008 for the Jurisdiction Process and 10 October 2008 for
         the Facilities Process; or,

    iii. by filing a letter with the Board requesting the opportunity to make
         an oral statement for the Facilities process and sending a copy to
         TransCanada and its counsel by 12 p.m. MDT, 10 October 2008.
    

    In keeping with its mandate to represent the public interest in issues of
safety, security, environmental protection and economic effectiveness, the
Board will work collaboratively with provincial regulators to the extent
necessary to proactively prepare for a possible seamless transition of
regulatory authority, should the Board determine it has jurisdiction.
    The NEB Web site outlines general information about the hearing process
and how the public 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 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 Hearing Order are also available on the Board's
Internet site under What's New!





For further information:

For further information: Stacey Squires (stacey.squires@neb-one.gc.ca),
Communications Officer, Telephone: (403) 299-3122, TTY (teletype):
1-800-632-1663; For a copy of the Hearing Order: National Energy Board
Library, 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, TTY (teletype):
1-800-632-1663, Email: library@neb-one.gc.ca


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