NEB seeks comments from Coastal GasLink on jurisdictional challenge

The National Energy Board is requesting comments from Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. as to whether a process should be established to examine the jurisdictional question raised in an application made to the board.

Michael Sawyer, a British Columbia environmentalist, wants the NEB to determine and issue an order that TransCanada's $4.8-billion pipeline is within federal jurisdiction and subject to the board's regulation rather than the province of B.C., which earlier approved the pipeline.

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The 675-kilometre pipeline would move gas from TransCanada’s federally regulated NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. system near Groundbirch to Kitimat. Royal Dutch Shell plc, the majority owner in LNG Canada, is expected to decide later this year whether it will proceed with the project.

Any comments by Coastal GasLink must be filed with the board and served on Sawyer by 12 p.m. Mountain Time on Aug. 24, 2018.

Sawyer may file any reply comments by 12 p.m. Mountain Time on Sept. 7, 2018.  


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