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Newsletter July 2011 - Volume 1

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Welcome to the first newsletter of the Joint Review Panel (Panel) for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project (Project). We will be issuing newsletters throughout the process to help keep you informed about the joint review process and share advice about how to participate.

The joint review process is public and participation is encouraged. The joint review process is your opportunity to express your views on the proposed Project to the Panel.

The Panel wants to hear what you have to say about the proposed Project. Your input will help the Panel determine whether the Project should be approved and if so, under what conditions.

Photo of Panel - Kenneth Bateman, Sheila Leggett, Hans Matthews

Process Update

On May 5, 2011, the Panel issued the Hearing Order for the joint review process. The Hearing Order outlines the details of the joint review process including key steps and timelines. It also explains how you can participate. You can read the Hearing Order on the Panel's website at click on Hearing Order.

As set out in section 8.1 of the Hearing Order, the deadline for Northern Gateway Pipelines Inc. to submit additional written evidence to supplement its application has passed. The information that was submitted during this step, along with all information submitted to date, is available on the public registry. The public registry can be accessed at click on Public Registry.

Information Sessions

Sixteen information sessions were held at various locations along the pipeline route in June and July. The purpose was to explain how people can make their views about the proposed Project known to the Joint Review Panel. Over 450 people participated. The Panel would like to thank each community and everyone who attended the sessions.

Process Advisor Brenda Price with Doug Neasloss (L) and Vern Brown (R) at session in Klemtu, B.C.

Process Advisor Brenda Price with Doug Neasloss (L)
and Vern Brown (R) at session in Klemtu, B.C.

Session in Smithers, B.C.

Session in Smithers, B.C.

Session in Queen Charlotte, B.C.

Session in Queen Charlotte, B.C.

How can I Participate?

There are four ways you can participate in the joint review process:

  • Intervenor (registration ended July 14, 2011)
  • Government Participant (registration ended July 14, 2011)
  • Oral Statement (registration ends October 6, 2011)
  • Letter of Comment (must be sent by March 13, 2012)

More details about each participation option can be found on the Panel's website at: click on Participating in the Joint Review Process. More details are also available in section 7 of the Hearing Order.


Did you know...

Intervenor Registration Deadline
The deadline for registration as an Intervenor or Government Participant was July 14, 2011. If you missed the deadline but would still like to participate as an Intervenor, you must request approval for late registration from the Panel. Please complete the Intervenor registration form with an explanation about why you missed the deadline. Section 4 of the Hearing Order contains additional details regarding late registrations.

Upcoming Workshops
The Process Advisory Team will be holding workshops to help people understand how to effectively participate in the joint review process.

The first workshop is for registered Intervenors and will focus on how to submit written questions to Northern Gateway about the information on the public record that you would like answers to.

This workshop will be held online. If you do not have access to the internet, you can also participate by calling into a toll free telephone number.

The workshop is titled “Information Requests Online Workshop” and will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at two different times:
Daytime Session: 9:00 am PT / 10:00 am MT
Evening Session: 7:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm MT

Registered Intervenors will be contacted directly with the specific details on how to access the Information Requests Online Workshop.

Other Workshops about the joint review process will be scheduled in the future. The Process Advisory Team will announce the topics and dates for future workshops once the details are known.

What is the difference between an Oral Statement and Oral Evidence?
Both oral statements and oral evidence are a way to bring your views, concerns and information about the proposed Project directly to the Panel during the community hearings.

Oral StatementOral statements are an opportunity for any registered individuals or groups to talk to the Panel and share your knowledge, views and concerns about the proposed Project.


Oral EvidenceOral evidence is reserved for registered Intervenors and is an opportunity for Intervenors to supplement their written evidence with information which can only be provided orally.



  • The Panel will hear oral statements at the community hearings;
  • Please register on or before October 6, 2011;
  • Oral statements should not take longer than 10 minutes;
  • After you give your oral statement you can provide additional information in a letter of comment; and
  • Intervenors do not give oral statements at the community hearings, as they can provide oral evidence (see below).

You can find more details about oral statements in section 7.2 of the Hearing Order.


  • The Panel will hear oral evidence at the community hearings;
  • You must be a registered Intervenor to provide oral evidence;
  • Generally, oral evidence consists of oral traditional evidence or evidence that cannot be provided in writing;
  • You must indicate on your Intervenor registration form that you want to provide a portion of your evidence orally and why your evidence cannot be provided in writing;
  • Oral evidence should not normally exceed three hours. If more time is needed the Panel should be advised in advance for scheduling purposes;
  • If you did not indicate on your Intervenor registration form that you want to provide oral evidence, please advise the Panel by October 6, 2011; and
  • If you provide oral evidence, you must be available to attend the final hearings if anyone has questions about your oral evidence. If no one has questions you are not required to attend the final hearings.

You can find out more details about oral evidence in sections 7.3.1 and 8.6 of the Hearing Order.

How can I stay informed?

If you want to receive updates about the joint review process, you can sign up for the email distribution list by sending your email address to:

The Panel's website ( has lots of useful information such as links to the Public Registry, the online letter of comment form, the online registration forms, and information about how to participate.

I still have questions on the process and how to participate…

The Process Advisory Team is available to answer questions about the joint review process and how to effectively participate in the joint review process.

Remember: Your comments or views about the proposed Project should be directed to the Panel (not the Process Advisory team) using one of the four participation methods described in the Hearing Order.

You can contact the PROCESS ADVISORY TEAM at:

Email: GatewayProcessAdvisor@
Telephone (toll free): 1-866-582-1884


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