NEB creates Online Application System



    CALGARY, June 23 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) today launched
its Online Application System (OAS) to provide more regulatory efficiency
while still promoting safety, security and ensuring environmental protection.
    The OAS, which allows companies to build and submit their applications
via the NEB web site, applies to projects that fall under section 58 of the
National Energy Board Act.
    The NEB tested this project for the past year, and received valuable
input and assistance from several companies it regulates.
    "The pilot was a great success, so we are eager to roll it out and
promote a more simplified but effective review of applications," says NEB
Chair Gaétan Caron. "Canadians benefit from energy projects that are safe and
environmentally sound, and that is exactly what this system will help to
promote."
    Companies will use the NEB's online risk criteria to build their
applications. The criteria used to determine if a project is considered low or
high risk are in the areas of consultation, engineering, environment, lands,
socio-economics and economics. If companies cannot meet one or more of the
online criteria, the system will prompt them to provide additional
information. Less complex projects will require less information to be filed,
and more complex projects will result in larger and more complex applications.
The NEB will maintain the same level of diligence and care for its reviews of
all applications.
    To file an application using the OAS, or to obtain more information,
please visit the NEB web site at www.neb-one.gc.ca. Click on "Regulatory
Applications - companies click here to apply". This will give users the option
of signing up for an account, viewing the online tutorials and learning more
about the OAS.
    Interested stakeholders or groups who would like further information or
would like to provide feedback on the application process may contact Project
Manager Nick Thomas, at 403-299-3112 or 1-800-899-1265.

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Lauren Hopkins, (Lauren.hopkins@neb-one.gc.ca),
Communications Officer, Telephone: (403) 299-3712


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