CALGARY, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) hearing for the
Enbridge Southern Lights GP Inc. (ESL) Pipeline project will resume Monday 29
October 2007 at 9:30 a.m. local time in the NEB Hearing Room in Calgary,
located on the second floor of 444 Seventh Avenue SW.
The NEB previously announced that this hearing session would be in
Brandon, Manitoba, to better accommodate the participation of the Manitoba
Pipeline Landowners Association (MPLA) and the Saskatchewan Association of
Pipeline Landowners (SAPL). The MPLA and SAPL were to cross-examine the
applicants' witness panels and present their own witness panels.
On Friday 19 October 2007, the MPLA/SAPL notified the NEB that they have
resolved their issues on this project and reached a settlement agreement with
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (EPI). As a result, MPLA/SAPL withdrew from further
participation in this hearing.
No other party indicated an intention to participate in the scheduled
hearing in Brandon, so the Brandon session was cancelled. The hearing will be
completed in Calgary.
The Board expects to complete its questioning of the applicants'
witnesses on Monday 29 October 2007 and will then convene for final argument
on Wednesday 31 October at 1:30 p.m.
The proposed Southern Lights project consists of applications for
- to transfer EPI's Line 13 to ESL, remove it from southbound crude oil
service and reverse the flow to transport diluent northbound from the
Canada/U.S. border near Gretna, Manitoba to Edmonton;
- to construct a 286 kilometre light sour crude oil pipeline from
Cromer, Manitoba to the Canada/U.S. border near Gretna, Manitoba;
- to construct, modify and operate certain other related physical works
and activities on EPI's Line 2; and
- with respect to certain related toll and tariff matters.
The estimated capital cost of the Canadian portion of the proposed
project is $384 million.
The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates several 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 OH-3-2007 are available on the
Board's Web site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under "What's New", and under Regulatory
Documents/Oil/Enbridge Southern Lights GP Inc. (On behalf of Enbridge Southern
Lights LP)/Application for Line 13 Reversal and Capacity Replacement for the
Southern Lights Project.
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