The National Energy Board (NEB) has scheduled an oral hearing on an application from Enbridge Pipelines Inc. to construct and operate the Canadian portion of the Alberta Clipper Expansion Project (Alberta Clipper).
The hearing is scheduled to start on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 at a location to be determined.
The proposed project is a new 1,607 km oil pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. The Canadian portion of Alberta Clipper would involve the construction and operation of approximately 1,074 km of new 914 mm outside diameter (36-inch) oil pipeline between Enbridge's Hardisty Terminal and the Canada - United States border near Gretna, Manitoba.
The pipeline would have an initial capacity of 450,000 barrels per day. It also includes related physical works and activities such as the construction and operation of nine pump stations along the pipeline at existing Enbridge pump stations, with the exception of one new pump station near Regina, Saskatchewan. The new facilities at the Hardisty Terminal would include receipt tankage, booster pumps and other terminalling facilities. The estimated cost of the project is expected to be $2 billion with construction to be completed by the end of December 2009.
The public is invited to participate in this hearing in one of three ways:
- by filing a letter of comment;
- by making an oral statement; or,
- by seeking intervenor status.
Details on how to file a letter of comment can be found on the NEB website at www.neb-one.gc.ca under "Submit a Document." To make an oral statement or become an intervenor, people must first apply to the NEB. Application forms are available under the "Submit a Document" section of the NEB website.
The deadline for intervenor applications is 12 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on Monday, July 30, 2007. The deadline for letters of comment and oral statement applications is 12 p.m. MDT on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. Documents must be filed with the NEB either electronically through our website or by fax or mail. A copy of the letter or application must also be sent to Enbridge and its legal counsel.
The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates parts of Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to promote safety and security, environmental protection, and efficient energy infrastructure and markets in the Canadian public interest, within the mandate set by Parliament in the regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade.