CALGARY, A.B. — The National Energy Board has approved a proposal from Enbridge, formerly Spectra Energy, to build the 27-kilometre-long Wyndwood Pipeline Expansion Project. The NEB announced its decision in a letter today, and expects to issue detailed reasons on or before September 28th.
The NEB attached 32 conditions to its approval, including the requirement to develop a Landowner-Specific Monitoring Plan and Consultation Update and a number of conditions related to minimizing disturbances within caribou ranges, as well as accelerating the restoration of caribou habitat.
Enbridge submitted its application on October 21, 2016. In general, these types of applications do not require a public hearing. However, given the high level of public interest in this project, the NEB decided to hold a hearing in order to consider the input of those who could be directly affected or who have expertise to share. Oral hearings were held on April 5th in Calgary and June 6th and 7th in Chetwynd. After considering all the evidence, the NEB found that the project was in the Canadian public interest.
The project, which has a cost of roughly $170 million, is a loop of Enbridge’s existing Fort St. John Mainline.