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National Energy Board oral hearing for NGTL Peace River Mainline Abandonment Project begins Wednesday

Press Release

November 7, 2017 – Calgary – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) will hear oral cross-examination next week on an application from NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) to abandon a 266 kilometre section of its Peace River Mainline. The hearing will begin at 9 am on Wednesday, November 8 at the NEB’s Hearing Room in Calgary. The public is welcome to attend.

NGTL applied to the NEB on August 18, 2016 to abandon parts of the Peace River Mainline in Northwestern Alberta. The company proposes to remove a nine kilometer section of the pipeline on Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Reserve Land. If this application is approved, NGTL would abandon the remaining pipeline segments in place. 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. All of the intervenors have indicated that they do not intend to cross-examine NGTL.

The hearing is scheduled to run until Thursday. Those unable to attend the hearing in person can access both a live audio feed and a daily transcript at

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit

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Quick Facts

  • The NEB is providing up to $500,000 in funding to support meaningful participation by intervenors in the hearing process.
  • As this project falls under section 74 of the National Energy Board Act, the NEB is the final decision maker and there is no legislated time limit.

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Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer
National Energy Board
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Telephone: 403-614-6526
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