National Energy Board Seeks Public Input on the Scope of The EasternAccess Pipeline Environmental Assessment



    CALGARY, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) is seeking public
input on the scope of the environmental assessment for the proposed
EasternAccess Pipeline Project.
    The draft document sets out the work to be done in the environmental
assessment and is based on a project description filed with the NEB by Trans
Québec and Maritimes Pipeline Inc. The purpose of this public consultation is
to seek comments from the public to finalize the extent of the environmental
assessment.
    The NEB and Transport Canada are responsible for ensuring that the
environmental assessment meets the requirements set out in the scoping
document.
    The project consists of building a 30-inch (762 millimetre) gas pipeline
between Cacouna and Saint-Nicolas, in the province of Québec. The pipeline,
approximately 230 kilometres in length, would transport natural gas from the
proposed LNG terminal in Cacouna to markets in Québec, Ontario and
northeastern United States.
    The scope of the environmental assessment, along with a letter outlining
details such as the environmental assessment process and opportunities for
future public participation, can be found on the NEB web site at
www.neb-one.gc.ca in a document entitled Scope and Detailed Guidelines for
Environmental Assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, TQM
Pipeline EasternAccess Project.
    Written comments on the draft environmental assessment scoping document
may be filed by mail, facsimile or online with the Secretary of the National
Energy Board.
    Please note that while the scoping document and letter state that the
deadline for filing comments would be Friday, 12 October 2007, the NEB has
decided to extend the comment period to allow more time for public input. The
new deadline has been set for Wednesday, 31 October 2007.

    
    Filings can be sent by mail to:

                       Ms. Claudine Dutil-Berry
                       Secretary of the Board
                       National Energy Board
                       444 - Seventh Avenue S.W.
                       Calgary, AB T2P 0X8
    

    Filings can be sent by facsimile at 403-292-5503 or toll free at
1-877-288-8803.
    An on-line comment form is also available on the NEB web site. The link
can be found in the right hand margin, scroll down to "Anticipated
Applications" and under "EasternAccess Pipeline," scroll down to "Scope and
Detailed Guidelines for Environmental Assessment under the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Act, TQM Pipeline EasternAccess Project," and click
on the link entitled "On-line Comment Form").

    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 is available on the NEB Internet site at
www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!





For further information:

For further information: Carole Léger-Kubeczek, Communications Officer,
Email: clegerkubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca, Telephone: (403) 299-2717, Telephone
(toll free): 1-800-899-1265; To obtain a copy of the Scope and Detailed
Guidelines for Environmental Assessment under the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Act, TQM Pipeline EasternAccess Project, please contact: National
Energy Board, publications@neb-one.gc.ca, Ground Floor 444 Seventh Avenue SW,
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0X8, Telephone: (403) 299-3562, Telecopier: (403)
292-5576


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