Hearing scheduled to consider the Brunswick Pipeline wet crossing application

    CALGARY, March 17 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a
public hearing to consider an application by Emera Brunswick Pipeline Company
Ltd. (Brunswick Pipeline) for a wet crossing as an alternative method for
crossing the Saint John River.
    If approved, the wet crossing proposal would become part of the Brunswick
Pipeline project. The wet crossing project was submitted as a contingency and
would only be carried out in the event that the planned horizontal directional
drilling (HDD) program proves to be technically unfeasible.
    This new project consists of the construction, operation and maintenance
of a concrete-coated 762-millimetre pipeline to be installed in a 650-metre
long trench measuring approximately 100 metres in width.
    Unlike the HDD method which requires drilling underneath the riverbed,
the wet crossing proposal involves trenching through the banks and across the
river bottom for the pipeline installation.
    The start date for the wet crossing project would only be set once it has
been determined by Brunswick Pipeline that the HDD method will not be
successful. The project construction schedule would also take into account the
river's environmental considerations. The company has estimated that the
project could require a four month construction period.
    Should the HDD method fail, the proposed wet crossing would use the same
approved location. The footprint would include the banks located in both the
Pokiok (Spar Cove) and Milford areas adjacent to the river.
    The NEB has identified the following issues to be discussed during the

    -   The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the
        proposed facilities;

    -   The need for the proposed facilities and their design suitability;

    -   The terms and conditions to be included in any approval the Board may

    The hearing is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m., on Wednesday, 21 May 2008,
in Saint John, New Brunswick, at a location yet to be determined.
    People interested in the public hearing can participate in one of three

    (i)   by seeking intervenor status;
    (ii)  by filing a letter of comment; or
    (iii) by making an oral statement to the Board.

    Any person wishing to intervene in the hearing must file an application by
noon (MDT), on Friday, 28 March 2008, with the Secretary of the Board at the
following address:

    Ms. Claudine Dutil-Berry
    Secretary of the Board
    National Energy Board
    444 Seventh Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, AB   T2P 0X8
    Facsimile: 403-292-5503

    Any person wishing to submit a letter of comment or request permission to
make an oral statement must do so by noon (MDT), on Friday, 18 April 2008.
    On-line forms for all three ways to participate are also available on the
NEB's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca. In the right margin, select "View or
Submit a Regulatory Document", scroll down and click on "Submit documents
electronically" and then select the form that suits your purpose.

    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 Hearing Order GH-4-2008 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
(clegerkubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca), Communications Officer, Telephone: (403)
299-2717; For a copy of the Hearing Order: National Energy Board, Library,
Telephone: (403) 299-3561, Email: library@neb-one.gc.ca

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