Review panel announced for proposed pipeline project


Photo: Representatives from the National Energy Board take notes after listening to suggestions from the Peace River Regional District on Thursday – (L-R) Kent Lien, Brenda Price and Bob Mahnic – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

A joint panel could give people in the North a place to voice their concerns over a proposed pipeline.

Representatives from the National Energy Board were in Fort St. John on Thursday, to speak to directors at the Peace River Regional District Meeting.

The officials told the District about a proposed Joint Review Panel for the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project.

Spokesperson Kent Lien says the project has generated numerous questions in communities throughout the North. Here in the B.C. Peace, Lien says the primary concern is agriculture and pipeline industry relations. He those concerns could be addressed at the proposed Joint Review Panel.

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A Joint Review Panel Agreement is being drafted between the Ministry of Environment and the National Energy Board.  The two will review the project once Northern Gateway submits its application in the fall.

The Panel would hold public meetings in various communities to hear concerns from residents affected by the pipeline and its facilities.

Lien says he expects those public hearings to begin around this time next year.

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Lien says the dates and locations of those public hearings will be announced when details are finalized.

The Northern Gateway Pipeline would stretch 1,170 kilometres between Bruderheim, Alberta and Kitimat, B.C. The project would encompass an export pipeline, an import condensate pipeline, terminal facilities, and marine facilities in Kitimat.

For more information on the Northern Gateway Project, Click Here.