ARCHIVED – Land Matters Group Advisory Committee (AC) Minutes – 8 February 2018

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Meeting at Hyatt Regency Calgary
Thursday, 8 February 2018
8:00 am to 16:00 pm (MST)

In Attendance

In Attendance

Drew Black, Canadian Federation of Agriculture (via teleconference)

Kandice Morrison, NEB (Director of Engagement and Indigenous Relations)

Paul Doyon, L’Union des producteurs agricoles

Jeff Paetz, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association / Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Cathy Hay, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Inez Halaska, NEB (Facilitator/Guest)

Lisanne Bazinet, Natural Ressources Canada (via teleconference)

Isabelle Bouffard, L’Union des producteurs agricoles

Anne-Marie Erickson, NEB (Technical Lead, Land Matters)

Mary Vega, NEB (Administrative and Note Taker)

Bridget Oliveira, NEB (LMG Project Manager)

Lynn Jacobson, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Michael Benson, NEB (Tech Specialist, Socio-Economic, Facilities Adjudication)

Lisa Lebel, NEB (Administrative and Note Taker)

Trevor Martens, International Right of Way Association

Judi Leeming, BC Farmers' Advocate Office

Meeting Items

1. Welcome/Introductions

  • See list of attendees

2. Review of 12 October meeting minutes and agenda

  • 12 October meeting minutes approved
  • Agenda approved

3. Current priorities – Roundtable

  • Roundtable: Updates were received from all participants.

National Energy Board (NEB):

  • Mentioned the Minister’s Announcement on NEB modernization, the tabling of Bill C-69 and indicated that members would be getting a fulsome update on announcements and proposed legislation in the afternoon.
  • Provided an overview of the Municipal Roundtable Initiative and next steps.
  • Identified the Regional Offices as a valuable resource and that resources in the area of Environment, Damage Prevention, and Pipeline Integrity will soon be available in the regions.
  • Provided an update on the Indigenous Advisory Monitoring Committees (IAMC), the IAMC working committees, and the Indigenous Monitoring Pilot Project that was approved in January 2018.
  • An update on upcoming land related engagement activities was also provided.

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

  • Highlighted the need to re-energize the LMG.

BC Farmers’ Advocate Office

  • Indicated support of the NEB’s one on one approach for supporting landowners and addressing issues that arise on the TMX Project.
  • Highlighted the need to focus on issues such as cathodic beds, abandonment and noise created by alarms at compressor stations as the Wyndwood Expansion Project proceeds.

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

  • Expressed that existing pipelines are coming into conflict with farming practices. Drainage is a new issue to Alberta and it is creating difficulty for the farmers.  
  • Indicated that farming practices are changing and we need to consider how their practices are impacted by pipelines.
  • Recruitment to the LMG Advisory Committee is necessary now that we have confirmed the governance structure.

International Right of Way Association (IRWA)

  • Provided background information on the IRWA and its objectives.

L’Union des producteurs agricoles

  • Indicated that while drainage issues are something new in Alberta as highlighted by the CFA, this is very common in the eastern Canada.
  • The UPA is very active on energy files and addressing new and ongoing issues with farmers and landowners.
  • Indicated that the cost of abandonment is an ongoing concern.

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

  • Highlighted disturbances as an ongoing issue.

4. Endorsement of the LMG Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (ToR)

  • A high level overview of the ToR and updates made by the working group took place. A minor suggestion to combine paragraphs was made, and given the immateriality of this change, the members agreed to endorse the ToR with the proposed changes.

5. Work Planning Session

  • A brainstorming session took place around upcoming engagement activities and opportunities with committee members. Many ideas were shared and the LMG Secretariat will compile ideas in a central document that will be shared with members at a later date.

6. Presentation on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Conflict Resolution Programs

  • A presentation was provided on the NEB’s ADR and Conflict Resolution Programs and was followed up with a brief Q&A session.

7. National Energy Board Modernization – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

  • Representatives of the NEB Modernization Secretariat provided an update on NEB Modernization and more specifically, provided a walkthrough of the proposed changes under Bill C-69 with a focus on Land Matters. (via teleconference)

8. Land Matters, List of Issues and Work Plan

  • An updated list of land matters issues was presented and a discussion around the need to prioritize issues and how to prioritize issues took place.
  • It was suggested that members be presented with a prioritization exercise and that a follow up work planning meeting take place as soon as possible.

9. Survey

  • Committee members were presented with an NEB Engagement survey to be completed by March 20, 2018. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate whether members have been meaningfully engaged, given the opportunity to share their perspectives and provide feedback.

10. Adjournment

  • Meeting adjourned at 16:00 pm MST.
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