NEB schedules Hearing for Groundbirch Pipeline project

    CALGARY, June 16 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) today released
Hearing Order GH-1-2009, announcing that it intends to hold a public hearing
process on an application from Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) requesting a
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under section 52 of the
National Energy Board Act.
    The oral part of the hearing is scheduled to start on Tuesday, 17
November 2009, at a location to be determined.
    The Groundbirch Pipeline is a proposed 77 kilometre extension to the
TransCanada Alberta System that would connect sweet natural gas mainly from
the Montney formation in northeast British Columbia (about 37 km
west-northwest of Dawson Creek) to an interconnection on the Gordondale
Lateral near the downstream side of the existing Gordondale Meter station in
northwest Alberta (approximately 11 km east of Bay Tree, Alberta). The
proposed pipeline is designed to have an outside diameter of 914 millimetres
(36 inches), and, if approved, it would transport approximately 46.9 10(6)m(3)
(1,656 million cubic feet) per day of natural gas.
    Any person wishing to participate in this hearing process may do so in
one of three ways:

    i.  by filing an application to intervene with the Secretary of the Board
        and serving a copy on NGTL and its counsel by 13 July 2009;

    ii. by filing a letter of comment with the Secretary of the Board and
        serving a copy on NGTL and its counsel by 9 September 2009; or

    iii. by filing a letter with the Secretary of the Board requesting the
        opportunity to make an oral statement and serving a copy on NGTL and
        its counsel by 9 September 2009.

    The NEB Web site outlines general information about the hearing process
and how the public can participate effectively. To access the information, go
to, select "Hearings and Information Sessions", and then
click on "Participate in a Public Hearing".

    Celebrating 50 years of regulatory leadership, the NEB is an independent
federal agency that regulates 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 the Hearing Order are also available on the Board's
Internet site under What's New!

For further information:

For further information: Carole Léger-Kubeczek,
(, Communications Officer, Telephone:
(403) 299-2717, TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663; For a copy of the Hearing
Order: National Energy Board Library, Ground Floor, 444 Seventh Avenue SW,
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0X8, Telephone: (403) 299-3561, Telephone (toll free):
1-800-899-1265, Telecopier: (403) 292-5576, Telecopier (toll free):
1-877-288-8803, TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663, Email:

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