More than a thousand people, groups, and communities have signed up to be heard, but only 400 of more than 2,100 applicants who applied will be allowed to participate.
Those groups given approval include communities located along the pipeline route and those with a direct interest in the project.
Another 12-hundred-50 will be allowed to submit a comment letter to the panel, but won’t be able to participate directly in the hearings.
Caitlyn Vernon of Sierra Club BC says hundreds have been denied participation under new federal rules that came into effect two years ago.
She says all British Columbians deserve to have their say on the fate of the project, which will nearly triple the capacity of Kinder Morgan’s existing pipeline to a Burnaby terminal.