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National Energy Board puts up $200,000 for Enbridge pipeline feedback

EcoLog Staff
EcoLog, 1/25/2013 10:44:00 AM

Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) is making $200,000 availablefor the public to participate in the regulatory process Enbridge’s proposed oil pipeline from Edmonton to Hardisty.

NEB’s Participant Funding Program is designed to assist landowners, aboriginal groups, incorporated non-industry, not-for-profit organizations, and other interested persons to review and comment on a project’s application.

The funding helps cover travel costs or fees for expert speakers at oral hearings.

“Public participation is an important element of an open and balanced regulatory process,” states the NEB’s funding program documents. “It strengthens the quality and credibility of the process. The public is an important source of local and traditional knowledge about a project's physical site and potential impacts.”

The pipeline in question is an 181-kilometre pipeline that would transport crude oil from Enbridge’s existing Edmonton Terminal to its existing Hardisty Terminal. The project would also include the construction and operation of a new initiating pump station at the Edmonton Terminal, two new pump stations at its existing Kingman and Strome stations, as well as associated facilities and infrastructure at its existing Edmonton and Hardisty Terminals.

If approved, the proposed pipeline would deliver crude oil to other existing pipelines and facilities located in the Hardisty area, including delivery onto the Enbridge Mainline system.

Prospective Participants need to apply to the NEB to determine if they are eligible for the Participant Funding Program.

To find out more about the project, or to apply for funding, visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.

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