CALGARY, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold
a written public hearing to consider an application by Enerplus
Corporation (Enerplus) to abandon the 2.53 kilometre long Maple Creek
Pipeline (the pipeline) which crosses the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.
The pipeline was constructed in 2005 and is located approximately 48 km
east/southeast of Medicine Hat and approximately 3 km east/northeast of
Walsh, Alberta on the Saskatchewan border.
The 114.30-millimetre outside-diameter pipeline carries sweet gas from
Alberta wells to facilities in Maple Creek Field in Saskatchewan. The
wells associated with this pipeline are provincially licensed. In their
application, Enerplus has indicated that these wells will be abandoned,
and as a result, continued operation of the Maple Creek Pipeline is no
Among the issues the Board will consider are public consultation,
measures taken and proposed to abandon the facilities, and potential
environmental and socio-economic effects of the abandonment.
Members of the public can participate in the hearing in one of two ways:
i. by seeking Intervenor status or
ii. by filing a Letter of Comment.
Any person wishing to intervene in the hearing or file a Letter of
Comment must file the required documents with the Board and serve a
copy on Enerplus Corporation by 29 August 2012. The Board will then
issue the List of Parties and List of Issues.
Government authorities may participate in this hearing in any of the
above ways or by filing a declaration of participation as a Government
Participant by 29 August 2012.
Online forms for the two methods of participation are available on the
NEB website at www.neb-one.gc.ca. In the right margin under Regulatory Documents, select Submit
Documents, then click on Submit Documents Electronically and select the appropriate form.
For additional information about this hearing or the procedures
governing the hearing, please contact Sharon Wong, Regulatory Officer,
at 403-299-3191 in Calgary or call the Board's toll-free number at
1-800-899-1265 and specify that the call is about the Enerplus Maple
Creek Pipeline Abandonment hearing.
The NEB is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's
energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy
development and trade in the Canadian public interest.
Please visit the NEB Web site for general information about the hearing
process and how you can participate effectively. To access the
information, go to www.neb-one.gc.ca, select Hearing and Information Session, and then click on Participate in a Public Hearing.
This news release and the Hearing Order are also available on the
Board's Internet site under What's New!
For a printed copy of Hearing Order MHW-001-2012:
National Energy Board Library
444 Seventh Avenue SW
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Telecopier (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
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