NEB releases details for Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project hearings

CALGARY, July 28, 2015 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) hearing panel for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (the Project) has issued a procedural direction announcing the details for oral summary argument.

The hearing panel will hear oral summary argument for the Project from Trans Mountain Pipelines on 24 August in the NEB Hearing Room, Calgary, Alberta. From 9 - 30 September, 76 Intervenors will deliver oral summary argument at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia. Please see Procedural Direction #15 for list and schedule of speakers.

The hearing panel recognizes that there is significant public interest in the proceedings and has decided to live webcast oral summary arguments for the Project hearings in both video and audio, and in both official languages. This is the first time the NEB will use video for its live broadcast. The video will also be available on the website for download at the end of the day.

Oral summary argument will allow participants to summarize their views and opinions directly in front of the hearing panel that is assessing the Project application. The hearing panel chose to hear oral summary argument from intervenors in Burnaby to facilitate maximum participation from intervenors in the hearing. Intervenors unable to deliver their oral argument in person may also choose to deliver it by phone.

The hearing panel wishes to provide a fair and safe opportunity for all participants that will be providing oral summary argument. Access to the hearing room will be limited to intervenors, Trans Mountain, and accredited media.  Intervenors and Trans Mountain may each have two representatives in the hearing room when the hearing is in session, regardless of whether they are presenting that day or simply watching the hearing. For more details on the oral hearing process, please see Procedural Direction #15.

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

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SOURCE National Energy Board

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