NEB to consider SEMI and Imperial's application for toll relief together with
Enbridge's application for final tolls

CALGARY, May 13 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) today released Hearing Order RH-2-2010, which outlined the details of a consolidated public hearing in which it will consider Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. (SEMI) and Imperial Oil's (Imperial) application for toll relief together with the contested portion of Enbridge's application for 2010 final tolls and tariffs for the Mainline System.

The oral part of the hearing process is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, 9 November 2010, in the Board's hearing room in Calgary, Alberta.

On 22 February 2010, SEMI and Imperial filed a joint application for toll relief related to the inclusion in tolls of costs associated with the Alberta Clipper pipeline and relief from certain provisions of the tariff. In addition, on 31 March 2010, Enbridge filed an application for approval of its 2010 Incentive Toll Settlement and approval of 2010 final tolls and tariffs for the Mainline System effective 1 May 2010.

On 23 April 2010, the NEB issued a letter stating that SEMI and Imperial's application questioned whether Enbridge's proposed final tolls are just and reasonable. In the letter, the Board noted that Enbridge has the burden of proving that its proposed final tolls are just and reasonable, including that costs were prudently incurred. Therefore, in substance Enbridge is the applicant and SEMI and Imperial are intervenors and the hearing process will be conducted accordingly. The consolidation of the applications is meant to encourage regulatory efficiency.

Any person wishing to participate in this hearing process may do so in one of two ways:

    i.  by filing an application to intervene with the Secretary of the Board
        and serving a copy on Enbridge and its counsel, and on SEMI and
        Imperial and their counsel by 10 June 2010; or
    ii. by filing a letter of comment with the Secretary of the Board and
        serving a copy on Enbridge and its counsel by 25 August 2010.

Please visit the NEB website for general information about the hearing process and how you can participate effectively. To access the information, go to, select Hearings and Information Sessions, and then click on Participate in a Public Hearing.

The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates several parts of Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

This news release and the Hearing Order are also available on the Board's website under What's New!

SOURCE National Energy Board

For further information: For further information: Tara O'Donovan (, Communications Officer, Telephone: (403) 299-3371, 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, Email:

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