NEB will hold a pre-hearing technical conference in Whitehorse on the abandonment of the Yukon Pipeline



    CALGARY, June 4 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a
Pre-Hearing Technical Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon on 26 and 27 August
2008. This is the first step in a review of an abandonment order issued to
Yukon Pipeline Ltd. (YPL) in 1996 for the Canadian portion of a pipeline and
associated facilities that operated from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon.
    In 2007, YPL requested the NEB to rule that they had met all the
conditions of Order MO-7-96, which granted conditional leave to YPL to abandon
a refined petroleum products pipeline (Yukon Pipeline) running from White Pass
on the international boundary between Alaska and British Columbia to
Whitehorse, Yukon.
    The NEB ruled that all of the conditions had not been met, and on
29 February 2008 the NEB ordered a review of Order MO-7-96. The purpose of the
conference is for registered participants to discuss the technical issues
related to appropriate remediation of the impacted lands.
    The conference, to be conducted by NEB staff, will begin at 9:00 a.m. on
Tuesday, 26 August at the High Country Inn, Whitehorse, Yukon. Following the
conference, a facilitator's report will be prepared, summarizing the results
of the conference. The NEB will then provide directions in a Hearing Order for
the remainder of the review process.
    While in Whitehorse, NEB staff will hold a public information session at
7:00 p.m. on Monday, 25 August at the High Country Inn to explain the NEB's
role and how the public can participate in a hearing. The information session
will help people prepare for meaningful participation in an upcoming hearing
on the Yukon Pipeline, the details of which have not been determined.

    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 is available on the NEB's Internet site at
www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New! Documents relating to the issue of the
satisfaction of conditions for Order MO-7-96 can be found in the NEB's
electronic document filing system under Regulatory Documents, Facilities, Oil,
Yukon Pipelines Limited, <a href="https://www.neb-one.gc.ca/ll-eng/livelink.exe?func=ll&objId=92808&objAction=browse&sort=-name">1995-07-12 Leave to Abandon (MH-3-96)</a>.
    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 <a href="http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rthnb/nvlvngthpblc/pblchrng/pblchrng-eng.html">Participate in a Public Hearing</a>.





For further information:

For further information: Tara O'Donovan (tara.odonovan@neb-one.gc.ca),
Communications Officer, Telephone: (403) 299-3371, TTY (teletype):
1-800-632-1663


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