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Modernization of the National Energy Board – ORA Comments

ORA supports the Panel’s broad strokes Vision in general, and applauds it for the recommendations of an accessible, inclusive, open, transparent and user-friendly process. However, there are several areas where we feel the recommendations fall short of its goals…

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Request for Additional Intervenor Funding for the EE Pipeline Review

Earlier this year a new Hearing Panel (Panel) was assigned to review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline Applications. At that time both applications were voided, including all decisions made by the previous Panel. It is our understanding that the Panel must now determine whether the Applications are complete, and a new list of issues created – in effect, the process is starting over. Additionally, there is no longer a list of valid participants, although persons and groups that have already submitted Applications to Participate (ATP) and have been approved, are not required to refile. The Panel will also reconsider each ATP filed to date, including those groups that were previously denied standing.

The Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) is requesting that the National Energy Board (NEB) significantly increase the amount of funding available to participating intervenors in the Energy East Pipeline review. 

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NEB Modernization Review – ORA Submission

The NEB has proven to be an industry friendly structure aiming to support and promote energy markets for the oil and gas and pipeline industry – yet the NEB is also charged with regulating, approving, monitoring and enforcing compliance of this same industry. ORA submits that this is a conflict of interest, and raises real questions about the independence and objectivity of the NEB, and just how well the environment and public safety is being protected. The federal government’s reliance upon tax revenues and the need for job creation from the energy industry has led to a significant lack of environmental rigor in its decision making.

The recent NEB ruling of reasonable apprehension of bias in favor of TransCanada, came as a result of the NEB panel’s inappropriate conduct in relation to their meeting with Jean Charest while he was acting as an advisor to TransCanada. This conduct only came to light through a Freedom of Information Application. Confidence in energy projects can only come when we have an open, transparent and accountable government.  Continue reading



Take a 3-D Flight over the Energy East Pipeline Corridor

The Ontario Rivers Alliance commissioned this 3-D Flyover of the Energy East Pipeline corridor across Ontario to graphically show the waterbodies that would be at risk if a oil spill or rupture were to occur.  The pipeline intersects more than 1,850 streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands along its route through Ontario.  To provide perspective, the thick white lines indicate a 15 km area on either side of the pipeline.


Panel Review of the Environmental Assessment Process – ORA Presentation

The Chair of the Ontario Rivers Alliance presented to the Expert Panel on the Review of the Environmental Assessment Process, on Thursday, 3 November 2016, in Sudbury, and also made a detailed written submission below:

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Our experience in Ontario is that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans defer to the will of the provincial regulators, which should be the other way around.  We need our federal government to set a high standard that will be followed by the provincial players.  Both the federal and provincial governments have gone through an intensive streamlining process which has undermined confidence in their ability to effectively review applications and Environmental Reports, let alone adequately monitor and enforce the conditions of approvals.  Consequently, environmental protections have become very lacking in these streamlined and broken processes.

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Transition Initiative Kenora Motion – Energy East Panel

Update – The National Energy Board has issued two letters with respect to Energy East and Eastern Mainline Projects:

1) Panel Recusal and Adjournment of Hearing OH-002-2016.  This document could be viewed on the Board’s website at www.neb-one.gc.ca at receipt A79373 or at the following link:
 
2) NEB Chair and Vice-Chair Decision Statement.  This document could be viewed on Board’s website at www.neb-one.gc.ca at receipt A79374 or at the following link: 
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ORA supports Transition Initiative Kenora’s (TIK’s) Notice of Motion filed with the National Energy Board (NEB), on 22 of August 2016, for Members Gauthier and Mercier to recuse themselves from the Panel presiding over the Energy East proceedings.  Continue reading


Energy East Pipeline – ORA Response to Proponent

Energy East Project Map

ORA has been granted Intervenor Status in the Energy East pipeline asset transfer and Eastern Mainline Project (Project).  ORA also submitted comments in the National Energy Board’s (NEB’s) online survey.  We write in response to Energy East Pipeline Ltd. and TransCanada Pipeline Limited’s (applicant) 6 July 2016 comment letter regarding the NEB’s review of the Project.

The purpose of the NEB hearings is to provide an opportunity for all concerns to be voiced and examined, so that ultimately an informed decision can be made.   This cannot be accomplished if the scope of issues is limited.

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