TransCanada's Alberta Pipeline System to be regulated by the National Energy Board

    CALGARY, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) today granted
the application of TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TransCanada) for an order
recognizing that the TransCanada Alberta System, a TransCanada subsidiary, is
under federal jurisdiction.
    The decision was made on the basis that the Alberta System is part of
TransCanada's extensive pipeline system already under federal jurisdiction.
The NEB also decided to issue a certificate to allow the Alberta System to
operate under the National Energy Board Act. If the certificate is approved by
Governor-in-Council, the NEB will issue it to come into force 14 days later.
    Compliance with the certificate conditions requires that TransCanada
submits to the NEB documentation describing the different aspects of its
Alberta System stakeholder relations program, including the programs' goals
and principles. The NEB is also asking for specifics such as the type of
information given during the public engagement activities, and a summary of
the input shared by the consulted persons and groups.
    Within nine months of receiving its certificate, TransCanada must also
file a report prepared by a third-party auditor hired to evaluate the system
implementation and effectiveness of the Alberta System's operations. These
systems must be put in place to achieve the goals of the Onshore Pipeline
Regulations 1999 and other NEB requirements.
    The Alberta System consists of over 23 500 km of pipeline and association
facilities, all located within Alberta, which will be added to the 48 000 km
that the NEB already regulates across Canada.
    This decision comes following a public hearing held in Calgary which
involved the participation of 38 registered parties over a two-week period in
November 2008.

    Celebrating 50 years of regulatory leadership, 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.
    This news release and the Reasons for Decision are available on the
Board's Internet site at under What's New!

For further information:

For further information: Carole Léger-Kubeczek, Communications Officer,
Email:, Telephone: (403) 299-2717, Toll
free: 1-800-899-1265; For a copy of decision: National Energy Board,
Publications, 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, E-mail:

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