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.
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 www.gatewaypanel.review.gc.ca 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 www.gatewaypanel.review.gc.ca click on Public Registry.
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.
Session in Smithers, B.C.
Session in Queen Charlotte, B.C.
There are four ways you can participate in the joint review process:
More details about each participation option can be found on the Panel's website at:
www.gatewaypanel.review.gc.ca click on Participating in the Joint Review Process. More details are also available in section 7 of the Hearing Order.
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.
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 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 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.
You can find more details about oral statements in section 7.2 of the Hearing Order.
You can find out more details about oral evidence in sections 7.3.1 and 8.6 of the Hearing Order.
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: Gateway.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.
The Panel's website (www.gatewaypanel.review.gc.ca) 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.
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@ ceaa-acee.gc.ca
Telephone (toll free): 1-866-582-1884