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Oral Statement Online Workshop

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Oral Statement Online Workshop

Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel


Getting Started

  • Introduction of Process Advisory Team
  • Overview of the Online Workshop Format


Presentation Overview

  • Joint Review Process
  • What is an oral statement?
  • Scheduling oral statements
  • Tips for Preparing
  • Visual Aids
  • What to do on the hearing day
  • Swearing or Affirming
  • Interpretation
  • Late Registrations
  • Staying informed
  • Questions


Joint Review Process

  • Panel is an independent 3 member body:
    • Sheila Leggett, Kenneth Bateman and Hans Matthews
  • The Panel will:
    • assess environmental effects of proposed project and make recommendations
    • make decision on whether proposed project is in the public interest.

Key Steps in Hearing Process

Graphic Description

6 MAY/11 Hearing Order issued
AUG-OCT/11 Information Requestss to Applicant Round 1
6 OCT/11 Oral Statement Registration deadline
NOV-DEC/11 IRs to Applicant Round 2
JAN-APRIL/12 * Community Hearings - oral evidence
MARCH-JULY/12 Community Hearings - oral statements
MAY-JULY/12 Information Requests to Intervenors
20 JULY/12 Reply Evidence from Applicant due
31 AUG/12 Letter of Comment deadline
4 SEPT/12 Final Hearings - Questioning phase begins
NOV/12 - MARCH/13 Community Hearings resume - oral statements (estimated)
APRIL/13 Final Hearings - Final Argument phase begins (estimated)
End of 2013 Final Panel Decision (estimated)
* Currently ongoing



What is an oral statement?

  • Your statement to the Panel
  • Your personal knowledge, views and concerns about the proposed project and its potential effects
  • Your position on the decisions the Panel should make and recommendations
  • Relevant to the List of Issues (Appendix 1 of Hearing Order)
  • Maximum of 10 minutes


Giving your Oral Statement

  • Speak clearly
  • Be respectful
  • Address your comments to the Panel
  • Panel may ask questions of clarification


Community Hearings for oral statements

Bella Bella, BC

Bella Coola, BC

Burns Lake, BC

Calgary, AB

Comox, BC

Edmonton, AB

Fort St. James, BC

Grande Prairie, AB

Hartley Bay, BC

Hazelton, BC

Kelowna, BC

Kitamaat Village, BC

Kitkatla, BC

Klemtu, BC

Old Massett, BC

Port Hardy, BC

Prince George, BC

Prince Rupert, BC

Skidegate, BC

Smithers, BC

Terrace, BC

Vancouver, BC

Victoria, BC



Scheduling oral statements

  • Email sent 9 March 2011 with instructions
  • Must schedule 7 days in advance of first hearing date in location
  • Can schedule as part of group
  • Priority will be given to local residents
  • Another can not speak on your behalf


Cannot attend Hearing?

  • Submit a Letter of Comment before 31 August 2012
  • Use one of these methods:
  • Online form on website:
  • Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
  • Mail:
    • Secretary to the Joint Review Panel
      Enbridge Northern Gateway Project
      444 Seventh Avenue SW
      Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0X8


Tips for preparing your Oral Statement

  • Prepare your key messages in advance
  • Keep points focused on proposed project and List of Issues
  • Time your presentation (10 min. maximum)
  • Practice
  • Be clear and concise
  • No need to repeat what others have said
  • Be respectful


Visual Aids

  • Visual aids are not encouraged
  • Electronic visual aids can not be used
  • If you must use an aid:
    • Show it to the panel
    • Describe it in detail for the record
    • The description will be included in your 10 minutes
  • You can file visual aids as a Letter of Comment before 31 August 2012


What to do on the hearing day

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before time block starts
  • Confirm attendance with Secretariat staff
  • Bring photo identification
  • Maintain decorum and respect in the hearing room


Swearing or Affirming

  • An oath or affirmation that your oral statement is accurate and truthful to the best of your knowledge and belief
  • Swearing: use Bible or other personal sacred object
  • Affirming: make a statement
  • Will be done in writing



  • If you will be speaking in a language other than English (such as an Aboriginal language), please contact:
    • Louise Niro, Regulatory Officer
    • (403) 299-3987, or 1-800-899-1265
  • Must include time for interpretation within your 10 minutes
  • More information in Hearing Order on Panel’s website:


Late Registrations

  • Must request permission in writing from the Panel
  • Only accepted in exceptional circumstances and on compelling grounds
  • Request in writing at least 2 weeks prior to start of first time block in hearing location
  • More information in Procedural Direction #5
  • Alternatively, submit a letter of comment before 31 August 2012


Staying informed




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