NEB Hearings for Redwillow Pipeline continue

The National Energy Board’s hearing into the Redwillow Pipeline Project has now recessed until 1:00pm today. The hearing, which began yesterday morning, is expected to continue at least into Thursday.

SemCams, Alberta’s largest licensed sour gas processor is at the helm of the project, which would see a 150-kilometre pipeline installed southwest of Tumbler Ridge, at a cost of just over 160 million dollars.

It would connect with the company’s existing gas transmission system near Grovedale, southwest of Grande Prairie. The pipeline would move 70 million cubic feet of gas daily from two Northeast BC producers.

However, the application is facing opposition from this side of the border. The Peace River Regional District, Fort St. John and Chetwynd have all filed for intervener status, saying that most of the project benefits will go to Alberta.

During the hearings, Chetwynd Mayor Evan Saugstad has been cross-examining SemCams on behalf of the two cities and the PRRD.

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Saugstad says that the project takes away resources from Northeastern BC without providing jobs, adding that processing could be done on this side of the border.