National Energy Board Information Session

National Energy Board Information Session – Peace River Mainline Abandonment Project – NEB Hearing Process [PDF 1377 KB]

Peace River Mainline Abandonment Project

NEB Hearing Process

February 2017

Presentation Overview

  • Who we are
  • What we do
    • Adjudication
    • Safety and environmental oversight
    • Energy information
  • NGTL’s Peace River Mainline Abandonment Project
  • Steps in the Public Hearing Process
  • How to Participate in a Public Hearing
  • Participant Funding
  • Questions and Answers

Who we are

NEB staff at public information meeting
Inspectors inside an Oil Spill Containment and Response trailer
NEB inspector onsite with a landowner
NEB Hearing Panel

What we do

Lifecycle Regulation

Lifecycle Regulation
Lifecycle Regulation
  • Application
    • Adjudication
  • Construction
    • Safety and Environmental Oversight
  • Operation
    • Adjudication
  • Abandonment
  • Energy Information

What we do: Adjudication

The Canadian Public Interest

  • The interests of all Canadians, including citizens, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples and landowners.
  • A balance of economic, environmental and social interests that change as society’s values and preferences change over time.

What we do: Adjudication (cont'd)

Environmental Assessments

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Inspector collecting a water sample
Inspector walks a watercourse

What we do: Safety and Environmental Oversight

Map of Major Pipeline Systems regulated by NEB

What we do: Safety and Environmental Oversight (cont'd)

Safety and Environmental Oversight
Planning Public Hearing Construction Operation Abandonment Hearing Abandonment Activities
  • Public and Indigenous Engagement
  • Participant Funding Program
  • Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Application Assessment
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Public and Indigenous Participation
  • Participant Funding Program
  • NEB Report
  • ADR
  • Inspections
  • Condition Compliance
  • Monitoring Reports
  • Issue Resolution
  • ADR
  • Inspections
  • Audits
  • Remediation
  • Incident Investigation
  • Issue Resolution
  • ADR
  • Same tools as Public Hearing phase
  • Inspections
  • Condition Compliance
  • Monitoring Reports
  • Remediation
  • Issue Resolution
  • ADR

What we do: Safety and Environmental Oversight (cont'd)

Compliance and Enforcement

2015 Compliance Activities
2015 Compliance Activities
Inspections 142
Emergency Exercises 20
Emergency Procedures Manual Review 13
Compliance Meetings 137
Audits 6
Report Reviews 30
Total: 348
2015 Enforcement Actions
2015 Enforcement Actions
Notices of Non-Compliance 143
Inspection Officer Orders 4
Safety Orders 8
Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) 12

What we do: Energy Information

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What we do: Continuous Improvement

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NGTL’s Proposed Peace River Mainline Abandonment Project

  • Pipeline length: 266 km
  • Project:
    • 257 km abandoned in place, 9 km at Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Reserve Land removed
    • 2.34 km Watino Lateral Pipeline, 0.80 km Hotchkiss North Lateral abandoned
    • Removal of associated above ground facilities
  • Date to apply to participate:
    • 23 February – 16 March 2017
  • Deadline for PFP applications: The application deadline has passed.

NEB Hearing Process

The Company files the Application:

  • Includes details about the project
  • Information requirements for the application are in the Board’s Filing Manual
  • Board determines if information in application is sufficient to proceed
Cover page - Filing Manual

NEB Hearing Process (cont’d)

Notice of Hearing

Application to Participate

Hearing Order

Written Hearing

Possible Oral Hearing

Hearing Adjourned

Board Considers Evidence

Decision Released

Applying to Participate

  • Submit application before deadline
  • Must include detailed information on:
    • How you will be ‘Directly Affected’ AND/OR
    • How you have ‘Relevant Information’ or ‘Expertise’
  • Board will decide:
    • Who can participate
    • How they can participate
  • Your application must be complete

Participating in the Public Hearing

Examples of methods of participation include:

  • Writing a Letter of Comment
  • Participating as an Intervenor
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  • To share views in writing, with supporting information
  • To propose conditions, should the project be approved
  • Instructions for filing a Letter of Comment will be sent to approved commenters
  • Once your letter is filed, it is a public document
  • Commenters are not eligible for participant funding
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  • You can:
    • File evidence
    • Ask and answer questions
    • Give final argument
  • Parties with common interests can intervene as a group
  • Eligible for participant funding
NEB Hearing

Participant Funding Program (PFP)

  • Contribution program independent of hearing process
  • Participant funding available announced on website
    • $500,000 announced on 18 October 2016
  • Funding maximums for this hearing:
    • up to $80,000 for a group
    • up to $12,000 for an individual
  • Deadline to apply: same as ATP
  • Basis of payment: reimbursement of eligible costs incurred and claim in accordance with contribution agreement

PFP Contact Information

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Questions and Discussion

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NEB Inspector speaks to two workers
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Process Advisor

  • To help participants understand the hearing process via:
    • Telephone
    • Email
    • Online Workshops
  • Can only discuss process-related matters
  • Cannot make your case for you
NEB Hearing

NEB Contact

NEB Project Website/Project Update Sign-up:

Aboriginal Engagement
Courtney Bloor:
Thea Wingert:

Process Advisor:
Brian Lam, M.A., M.P.A.:

Participant Funding:

National Energy Board
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

National Energy Board Offices
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