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NEB Decision for NGTL’s Northwest Mainline Loop

Press Release

July 31, 2018 – Calgary – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB or Board) announced today that it has approved NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL)’s request to construct and operate the Northwest Mainline Loop (Boundary Lake North Section) (Project). The Project will be located in northwestern Alberta and includes 23 kilometres of new pipeline to transport natural gas.

Today’s decision follows a written public hearing in which three Indigenous groups and Environment and Climate Change Canada participated. In making its decision, the Board considered the evidence presented by all parties and included 15 conditions related to, among others, construction activities, safety measures and standards, environmental monitoring, caribou habitat restoration and Indigenous matters.

As part of its regular oversight, NEB staff will monitor NGTL’s activities throughout the lifecycle of the Project to ensure the company adheres to Board conditions and all applicable regulatory requirements for the safe operation of the facility and protection of the environment.

Quick Facts

  • The Project will be located on Provincial Crown land within Treaty 8 territory and will parallel existing disturbance for the entire Project route. Once constructed, all new above-ground facilities will be located within a fenced area.
  • Canada is the world’s fifth largest producer of natural gas and accounts for around five per cent of global production.

Associated Links

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit the National Energy Board website.

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Marc Drolet
Communications Officer
National Energy Board
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 514-476-9911
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265


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