SAINT JOHN, NB, Nov. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Peter Watson, Chairman of the National Energy Board (NEB or the Board), today launched a cross-Canada engagement initiative in a speech at a Saint John Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Beginning in early 2015, Peter Watson, NEB Board Members and staff will visit every province and the North to hear from Canadians on how the Board can improve its pipeline safety program. The Board intends to meet directly with interested groups, including municipal and provincial leaders and staff, Aboriginal organizations, environmental groups, first responders and academics, as well as professional and industry organizations to discuss pipeline safety and environmental protection.
"In order for us to achieve our mandate, we need to better understand what Canadians are thinking when it comes to pipeline safety and environmental protection," said NEB Chair Peter Watson.
"Our goal is to engage with a broad range of interested Canadians through a variety of means."
In addition to meeting with Canadians from coast to coast to coast, the Board's engagement initiative will also include an online discussion forum, open to anyone who wishes to share their views on pipeline safety and environmental protection. The discussion forum can be accessed from the NEB's website at www.neb-one.gc.ca. Anyone wishing to provide comments or feedback on this initiative can email: [email protected]
Once the Board's cross-country visits conclude in late spring 2015, the Board will host a pipeline safety technical conference of subject matter experts. A report on the engagement initiative and technical conference will be publicly released by early 2016.
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. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.
SOURCE: National Energy Board