TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontarians can learn more and share their
views on TransCanada Ltd.'s Energy East Pipeline project proposed to
transport crude oil from Alberta to New Brunswick.
Today, the Ontario Energy Board launched www.ontarioenergyboard.ca/oebenergyeast. The website is the first part of a broad and inclusive consultation
with Ontario residents. The website will provide Ontarians with the
latest information on the proposal, as well as opportunities to take
part in the consultation.
The Board intends to visit a number of communities along the proposed
pipeline's route in early 2014 as part of a two-part consultation with
the public, First Nations and Métis communities, local communities and
The Federal Government will decide whether to approve the proposed
Energy East Pipeline after a National Energy Board Hearing that is
expected to begin in 2014.
As part of the Ontario Government's participation in the National Energy
Board process, the Ontario Minister of Energy formally requested the
Board to consult on the following issues regarding the proposed Energy
The impacts on Ontario natural gas consumers in terms of rates,
reliability and access to supply, especially on those consumers in
eastern and northern Ontario.
The impacts on pipeline safety and on the natural environment in
The impacts on local communities as well as First Nations and Métis
The short and long-term economic impacts of the project in Ontario.
In Ontario, TransCanada's proposal involves converting an existing
natural gas pipeline to carry crude oil through northern and eastern
Ontario, constructing a new section in eastern Ontario to link up with
the converted pipeline, and building associated pumping stations.
The Ontario Energy Board's consultation will inform the Province of
Ontario's own intervention before the National Energy Board.
"We would like this website to be a one-stop-shop for information on the
consultation process. Over the course of the consultation, we will be
updating this website regularly so that Ontarians can learn about our
progress and share their thoughts with the consultation team." --
Rosemarie T. Leclair, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Energy
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SOURCE: Ontario Energy Board
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