TransCanada Corporation said it is disappointed with the National Energy Board’s decision to move forward in reviewing jurisdictional arguments for the Coastal GasLink project.
“We understand this decision only represents the start of a review process to examine the issue of jurisdiction more closely, and not a final decision on the jurisdiction of the project,” TransCanada stated.
"However, the Coastal GasLink project was subject to a robust two-year environmental and technical review as part of the B.C. regulatory process, whereby it received all of its valid permits under the current provincial regulatory bodies.
“TransCanada will continue to respond as appropriate through the National Energy Board and believes that the facts pertaining to this project will support a strong case of continued provincial regulation of the pipeline.”
In a decision Oct. 22, the NEB said it has determined that there is an arguable case that the project may form part of a federal undertaking and could be subject to regulation under the NEB Act.
The board was ruling on an application from B.C. environmentalist Mike Sawyer who had asked it to declare Coastal GasLink properly under federal jurisdiction.