NEB pilots more efficient application process for small pipelines

    CALGARY, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) is piloting a
new pipeline application process that will provide more regulatory efficiency
while still promoting safety, security and ensuring environmental protection.
    The pilot process applies to pipelines that fall under Section 58 of the
National Energy Board Act, which deals with pipelines that are less than
40 kilometres in length.
    If the pilot is successful, the final process will involve an online
application form that uses a specific checklist and filing requirements for
areas such as consultation, socio-economics, lands, environment, engineering
and economics. Under this pilot, the NEB will focus on key issues identified
through a project-specific assessment. Issues that can be more effectively
addressed during the construction or operation phases will be identified for
further NEB action if the project is approved.
    The risk-based lifecycle approach will allow NEB staff, project
proponents and those with an interest in the project to focus their attention
on priority matters at the project approval stage.
    "Canadians benefit from energy projects that operate in a safe manner as
well as respect the environment and the rights of those affected," says NEB
Chair Gaétan Caron. "This pilot will enable the NEB to achieve these outcomes
while promoting an effective regulatory review."
    The new application process will be in a pilot phase through this fall
and winter. After that time, the NEB will review the projects that were
evaluated under the pilot and make any necessary changes and improvements
before launching the process online in the spring of 2008.
    Those interested stakeholders or groups who would like further
information or would like to provide feedback on the application process may
contact project manager Margaret Barber at 403-299-3652 or 1-800-899-1265.

    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.

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For further information: Kristen Higgins (,
Communications Officer, Telephone: (403) 299-3371

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