The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a public hearing to consider an application from NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd (NGTL) to abandon a 266-kilometre-section of the Peace River Mainline. The NEB's Hearing Order, released today, outlines the key steps and deadlines for the hearing. The hearing will include both oral and written components, including a community meeting and oral cross examination. There will also be an opportunity for Indigenous participants to present Oral Traditional Evidence.
The pipeline loop that is proposed for abandonment is located in Northwest Alberta. The company plans to remove associated above ground facilities such as the decommissioned Valleyview Compressor Station, utilities, buildings and foundations. This is the largest application to abandon a facility that has ever been considered by the NEB.
The NEB received four applications to participate and granted participation rights to everyone who applied. The List of Participants for this hearing is available on our website.
NGTL applied to remove a nine km section of the pipeline on Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Reserve Land. The company is proposing to abandon-in-place the remaining 257 kilometres of pipeline. It will be up to the NEB to make these determinations. The NEB is providing up to $100,000 in funding to support meaningful participation by intervenors in the hearing process.