For immediate release
2 October 2012
Final Hearings for Enbridge Northern Gateway Project
Move to Prince George
CALGARY ― The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) conducting the review of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project will continue with the final hearings in Prince George, British Columbia starting on 9 October 2012 at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).
The issues that will be subject to questioning in Prince George will be:
• the environmental and socio-economic effects of the proposed pipelines;
• potential impacts on landowners and land use of the pipelines;
• routing, design and construction of the pipelines and marine terminal; and
• operations, safety, accident prevention and emergency preparedness and response related to the pipelines.
The Prince George hearing is scheduled to run from 9 to 19 October and from 29 October to 9 November. Sitting hours, with the exception of the first day, will be Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) for the 9 to 19 October dates. Please see the Panel’s website at www.gatewaypanel.review.gc.ca for more information on all hearing times and on the joint review process. The hearing will be broadcast live (in English and French) over the Panel’s website.
Final hearings for questioning will also be held in Prince Rupert, British Columbia (scheduled for 22 to 30 November and 10 to18 December). The Panel previously held hearings in Edmonton, Alberta. For the list of issues subject to questioning at each location, please see Appendix A of Procedural Direction #8 on the Panel’s website. The hearing schedule will be reviewed as questioning proceeds and may be modified from time-to-time, as required.
The Panel anticipates Final Argument to take place from March to April 2013. Further details will be communicated in the future.
Media Procedure for the Final Hearings
Members of the media are welcome to attend the hearings. Filming, recording and photographing will be allowed within pre-established fixed locations in the hearing room while the hearings are underway. Media reporting or interviews will not be allowed in the hearing room. The Panel may modify the media procedure for the hearings at any time.
The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project involves the construction of two 1 170-kilometre pipelines running from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia and the construction and operation of the Kitimat Marine Terminal.
About the Joint Review Panel
The Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is an independent body, mandated by the Minister of the Environment and the National Energy Board. The Panel will assess the environmental effects of the proposed project and review the application under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and the National Energy Board Act.
The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) conducting the review of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project will continue with the final hearings in Prince George, British Columbia starting on 9 October 2012 at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).