CALGARY, April 11 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) today released
its Environmental Assessment Report (EA Report) as part of the hearing process
on the application submitted by Emera Brunswick Pipeline Company Ltd. (EBPC).
The main finding of the EA Report is that the project is not likely to
result in significant adverse environmental effects provided EBPC meets all of
its environmental commitments, and all of the NEB's recommendations are
implemented. This finding is contingent on the project receiving regulatory
Environmental recommendations are related to the protection of wildlife
and vegetation and include the development of a site-specific environmental
protection plan, as well as the design of follow-up programs. Among these,
EBPC would be required to consult stakeholders on its construction and
reclamation plan for Rockwood Park.
Another significant area of concern is the matter of public safety. The
NEB recommends that EBPC carry out various precautionary measures including
consultation activities on emergency procedures, and carrying out an emergency
response exercise within six months of operation of the pipeline.
A government response will now be prepared, and this will require Cabinet
approval. The conclusions outlined in the EA Report combined with the
government response will be considered by the NEB as it makes its regulatory
decision under the National Energy Board Act to either approve or deny the
A pilot process, which was agreed upon with the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency and approved by the Federal Minister of Environment, was
used to conduct the environmental assessment. This assessment was integrated
into the NEB hearing to avoid duplication while maintaining the breadth and
quality of the environmental analysis. The success of this pilot was made
possible through the commitment and cooperation of the NEB's federal partners,
as well as the participation of the people of New Brunswick who shared their
views through written and oral presentations. A large number of people
participated in the environmental assessment process, and their input was
significant to the NEB in its deliberations.
The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates several aspects
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 the Environmental Assessment Report are available
on the Board's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!
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