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Newsletter April 2013 - Volume 7

Newsletter April 2013 [PDF 204 KB]

Process Update

Oral Statements

On 1 February 2013, the Panel completed the Community Hearings for Oral Statements. In total, the Panel heard from approximately 1,200 registered participants in 19 locations, who shared their knowledge, views and opinions with the Panel regarding the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project (the Project).


The Final Hearings for Questioning resumed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia on 4 February 2013. The Panel held previous sessions in Edmonton, Alberta, Prince George, British Columbia and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The Final Hearings for Questioning are scheduled to conclude on 18 May 2013.

On 4 December 2012, the Panel issued Procedural Direction #12 [Filing A49564], which discussed the process that will be followed for final argument. Written argument is due by 31 May 2013, following the close of the Final Hearings for Questioning.

Update on the Final Hearings for Questioning

The purpose of the questioning phase of the final hearings is to allow Parties (i.e. the Applicant, Intervenors and Government Participants) to ask any outstanding questions in order to test the credibility of the evidence filed on the record. Questioning of the evidence helps to ensure that the Panel has the most complete information before making its recommendations on the proposed project. The Panel has chosen to conduct the Final Hearings for Questioning on an issues-basis.

To date, the Panel has completed the questioning on the following issues:

  • economic need for the Project,
  • potential impacts on commercial interests,
  • financial and tolling matters,
  • the environmental and socio-economic effects associated with the pipeline,
  • potential impacts on landowners and land uses,
  • pipeline routing, and
  • accident prevention and response relating to the pipeline.

Questioning is currently ongoing regarding the following issues:

  • potential impacts on Aboriginal rights and interests,
  • potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the marine terminal and marine shipping,
  • accident prevention and response relating to marine terminal and marine shipping, and
  • public and Aboriginal engagement and consultation.

Helpful Tools for Keeping Track of the Final Hearings for Questioning

The Daily Hearing Report, issued at the end of each hearing day, summarize which Parties asked questions that day, how much time the Party estimates they have remaining for their questions, and who is anticipated to ask questions the next day. The Hearing Matrix provides an overview of which Parties will be questioning the various witness panels at each location, as well as their estimated overall time estimates. Both can be found by following the quick links under the “What’s New” section on the Panel’s website. You can also check out the Red Ticker at the top of the registry for similar updates.

Key Steps in Hearing ProcessJoint Review Panel Members: Kenneth Bateman, Sheila Leggett and Hans Matthews

Joint Review Panel Members: Kenneth Bateman, Sheila Leggett and Hans Matthews

Recap of the community hearings for oral statements

On 1 February 2013, the Panel concluded the Community Hearings for Oral Statements phase of the joint review process. During this phase, the Panel travelled to 19 communities across Alberta and British Columbia and listened as registered participants shared their knowledge, views and concerns about the Project.

Approximately 4,300 people registered to make an oral statement prior to the 6 October 2011 registration deadline. Registered participants were then invited to schedule their oral statement using an online scheduling tool, which allowed them to choose the location, date and time of their oral statement. Approximately 1,200 presenters chose to schedule an oral statement with the Panel. From March to August 2013, the Panel heard 615 oral statements in communities in or near the proposed project area, including coastal communities. In January 2013, the Panel travelled to Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna and heard from 564 individuals.

A written record of all of the oral statements shared with the Panel can be found in the transcripts from the Community Hearings, which are available on the public registry through the Panel’s website.

The Panel would like to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to all the participants who took time out of their schedules to share their stories, knowledge, views and concerns about the proposed project.

Salmon swimming in a riverLooking Forward

Following the completion of the Final Hearings for Questioning, the Panel will hear final argument from Parties. The purpose of final argument is to provide all Parties with the opportunity to:

  • tell the Panel their views and opinions about the Project;
  • persuade the Panel to recommend approval or denial of the Project;
  • argue about the relevance and weight of any evidence on the public record that is before the Panel; and
  • discuss or suggest the terms and conditions that the Panel would apply to any Certificate that may be issued for the Project.

Final argument will be in writing, followed by oral responses scheduled to start on 17 June 2013 in Terrace, British Columbia. Further information about final argument can be found in Procedural Direction #12 [Filing A49564].

After the completion of final argument, the Panel will close the record and focus on writing its Report, which will contain its conclusions and recommendations regarding the proposed project. The Panel’s Report will be submitted to the federal government no later than 31 December 2013.

Questions about the Joint Review Process

The Process Advisory Team is available to answer questions about the joint review process. You can contact the Process Advisory Team at:

Toll-Free: 1-866-582-1884

You can also sign up for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Project Mailing List to receive periodic email updates on key steps in the joint review process. Just send your name and email address to












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