NEB decides on a portion of the proposed Brunswick Pipeline detailed route



    CALGARY, March 3 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) decided today to
reject a portion of the detailed pipeline route proposed by Emera Brunswick
Pipeline Company Ltd. (Brunswick Pipeline) based on the objection of Galbraith
Construction Ltd. and Galbraith Equipment Co. Ltd. (Galbraith) considered at a
recent detailed route hearing.
    The decision relates to the section of Brunswick Pipeline's proposed
route where it crosses two properties owned by Galbraith located in the
western part of Saint John, New Brunswick, between South Bay and Churchill
Heights.
    The NEB finds that the detailed route proposed by Brunswick Pipeline at
this specific location is not the best possible route for the pipeline. In the
Board's view, while further evidence would be required to determine a more
suitable location for the pipeline, a better route appears to be either:

    
    -   a southeast alternate similar to that proposed by Galbraith
        Construction and altered as discussed in the hearing; or
    -   a northwest alternate similar to that proposed by Galbraith
        Construction with the exception that the northwest portion should not
        be located any closer to the residents of Bay Street.
    

    During the coming weeks, decisions involving other landowner objections
to the proposed Brunswick Pipeline detailed route that were considered at this
hearing, including two other Galbraith objections, will be released as they
become available. The decision released today does not have any bearing on the
other decisions that are expected.
    The Detailed Route Hearing was held in Saint John, New Brunswick during
the week of 28 January 2008.
    The NEB issued a certificate to Brunswick Pipeline on 31 May 2007
approving the construction and operation of a 145 kilometre pipeline with a
762 millimetre (30-inch) diameter. The pipeline is to run from the Canaport
LNG(TM) facility at Mispec Point in Saint John to a point on the international
border near St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

    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 the Letter of 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: Carole Léger-Kubeczek, Communications Officer,
Email: clegerkubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca, Telephone: (403) 299-2717, TTY
(teletype): 1-800-632-1663


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