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Joint Review Panel for Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Issues Details for the First Portion of the Community Hearings

Enbridge Gateway Pipeline Project - Joint Review Panel

News Release

For immediate release
6 December 2011

Joint Review Panel for Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Issues Details for the First Portion of the Community Hearings

CALGARY - The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) conducting the review of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project has confirmed the following portions of the schedule for the community hearings. The Panel will hear all oral evidence from registered intervenors first. The schedule for the remaining locations will be released once venue availability and logistics have been confirmed.

Location Venue Date and Start Time
Kitimat, BC Riverlodge Recreation Center 654 Columbia Avenue West 10 and 11 January 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Terrace, BC Sportsplex 3320 Kalum Street 12 January 2012
Starting at 1:00 p.m.>
Smithers, BC Hudson Bay Lodge and Convention Centre 3251 East Highway 16 16 January 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Burns Lake, BC Island Gospel Fellowship Church 810 Highway 35 17 January 2012
Starting at 1:00 p.m.
Prince George, BC Ramada Hotel Downtown 444 George Street 18 January 2012
Starting at 6:00 p.m.
Edmonton, AB Wingate Inn Edmonton West Hotel 18220 – 100th Avenue 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 January 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Fort St. James, BC Royal Canadian Legion, Branch no. 268 330 – 4th Avenue East 2 February 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Bella Bella, BC Heiltsuk Elders Building 3 February 2012
Starting at 6:30 p.m.
4 February 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Prince Rupert, BC North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre 240 – 1st Avenue West 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 February 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Masset, BC Howard Phillips Community Hall 1590 Cook Street 28 February 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Queen Charlotte City, BC Queen Charlotte Community Hall 134 Bay Street 29 February 2012
Starting at 1:00 p.m.
Grande Prairie, AB Quality Hotel and Conference Centre 11201 – 100 Avenue 26 March 2012
Starting at 6:00 p.m.
27 and 28 March 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Courtenay, BC To be determined. 30 and 31 March and 2 and 3 April 2012
Starting at 9:00 a.m.

Other locations where the venue availability and logistics have not yet been confirmed include: Klemtu, BC, Hartley Bay, BC, Kitkatla, BC and Bella Coola, BC.

After the Panel has heard all oral evidence, it will then hear oral statements and will follow this estimated schedule.

Estimated Time Frame Activity
Late March – July 2012 Oral statements from registered participants who live in or near the proposed Project area.
September – October 2012 Final hearings where the applicant, intervenors, government participants and the Panel will question those who have presented oral or written evidence.
November 2012 – March 2013 Oral statements from registered participants who do not live in or near the proposed Project area (i.e. Kelowna, Port Hardy, Victoria, Vancouver, and Calgary).
April 2013 Final argument from the applicant, intervenors and government participants.

This estimated schedule may change and is meant to be used only for planning purposes. Based on this projected schedule, the Panel would anticipate releasing the Environmental Assessment Report in the fall of 2013 and its final decision on the project around the end of 2013.

In order to accommodate the above schedule, an amendment to certain deadlines set out in the Hearing Order is required. These dates will be released shortly.

The proposed Northern Gateway project involves the construction of two 1,170 kilometre long pipelines running from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia and the construction and operation of the Kitimat Marine Terminal.

For more information on the joint review process, please visit the Panel's website at www.gatewaypanel.review.gc.ca.

About the Joint Review Panel

The Joint Review Panel for the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project is an independent body, mandated by the Minister of the Environment and the National Energy Board. The Panel will assess the environmental effects of the proposed project and review the application under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and the National Energy Board Act.

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This news release is available on the Panel's website (www.gatewaypanel.review.gc.ca) under What's New.

For further information:

Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer
National Energy Board
E- mail: sarah.kiley@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-299-3302
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