Public Hearings set for Northern Gateway Pipeline

Edmonton Journal
November 8, 2011

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EDMONTON - The Joint Review Panel examining Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project between Alberta and the West Coast will begin hearing from the public in Kitimat, B.C., on Jan. 10.

The National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the two organizations conducting the joint review, said they will hear oral evidence from registered interveners first so the information request process can proceed according to the schedule.

The panel will then focus on oral statements of other participants. It was recently reported that more than 4,000 people — including some from other countries — had submitted requests to speak to the panel.

The panel will visit some communities more than once, including Bella Bella, Burns Lake, Courtenay, Fort St. James, Hartley Bay, Kitimat, Kitkatla, Klemtu, Masset, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte City, Smithers and Terrace.

Alberta communities that will see the panel more than once are Grande Prairie and Edmonton. The panel plans to hear just once from speakers in Calgary and the B.C. communities of Hazelton, Kelowna, Port Hardy, Vancouver and Victoria. Dates, times and venues for each location will be announced later.

In the second phase of the process, the quasi-judicial hearings, various experts as well as registered interveners will address the panel. That phase will take place next summer, and it is expected a final report will be ready for the federal cabinet early in 2013.


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