The National Energy Board (NEB) has scheduled an oral hearing on an application from TransCanada Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. (Keystone) for new pump stations, increased pumping capacity and pump station location changes on the proposed Cushing Expansion of the Keystone pipeline.
The hearing is scheduled to start on April 8, 2008, at a location to be
Keystone is applying for a variance to the NEB approval of the Keystone
Pipeline Project which was released on Sept. 20, 2007, and for additional
new facilities. The proposed Cushing Expansion would increase nominal capacity
of the pipeline from 69,200 cubic meters per day (m(3)/d) or 435,000 barrels
per day (bpd) to 94,000 m(3)/d (591,000 bpd).
Keystone is requesting the approval of an increase in motor sizes of 20
pumping units at seven stations that were previously approved by the NEB. The
pumping units would be increased from 3,000 kilowatts (kW) to 3,700 kW. The
Cushing Expansion would also include seven new pump stations located in the
following communities in Saskatchewan: Liebenthal, Stewart Valley, Chaplin,
Belle Plaine and Whitewood; and in Manitoba at Crandall and Wellwood. The
application is also asking for the addition of pumping units at 13 of the
previously approved pumping stations and approval of the proposed toll
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 or View a Regulatory Document." To
make an oral statement or become an intervenor, people must first apply to the
NEB. Application forms are available under the "Submit or View a Regulatory
Document" section of the NEB website.
The deadline for intervenor applications is 12 p.m. Mountain Savings
Time (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008. The deadline for letters of comment
and oral statement applications is 12 p.m. MST on Thursday, March 27, 2008.
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
Keystone 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.