NEB appoints new Energy East Hearing Panel Members
The National Energy Board (NEB) confirmed the appointment of three new members to the Energy East Hearing Panel this week.
The members include Don Ferguson, a public servant from New Brunswick, Carole Malo, a former SNC-Lavalin VP with a background in large infrastructure projects and Marc Paquin, an environmental lawyer and professor from Quebec.
The same three members were appointed as temporary board members by the Natural Resources Minister back in December.
The previous panel resigned in September due to concerns over conflicts of interest. Two of the members were reported to have met with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, who was working as a consultant for TransCanada at the time.
The NEB has yet to communicate a new schedule for the hearings but has said in the past its timeline for the project remains unchanged.
TransCanada's Energy East runs 4,500 km from Alberta to tidewater in New Brunswick, carrying up to 1.1 million bbl/day of crude from Alberta and Sakatchewan to refineries in Atlantic Canada. The pipeline will terminate at the Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick where TransCanada and Irving Oil have formed a 50/50 joint venture to build, own and operate a new deep water marine terminal.
The project requires 3,000 km of existing natural gas piping to be converted to crude, mostly in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. TransCanada will therefore need to build an additional 280 km of new natural gas piping in Ontario in order to meet its commercial obligations for gas delivery to the province. The Eastern Mainline project is being reviewed in parallel with Energy East.