NEB says Energy East application too hard to understand, orders changes

The National Energy Board says TransCanada’s application to build the Energy East pipeline is too hard to understand and is directing the company to make changes.

The federal energy watchdog isn’t asking the Calgary-based company to file a whole new application, but wants the information repackaged in a way that’s easier to navigate.

The NEB says the structure, format and flow of the application needs work so that those participating in the hearing process can make sense of it and easily find specific information.

TransCanada has until Feb. 17 to provide a proposed table of contents for the revised version and let the board know when it plans to file the complete document.

The company first submitted its application to build the Alberta-to-New-Brunswick pipeline in October 2014.

The document was 30,000 pages at the time – filling 68 binders in 11 boxes – and the NEB says it has since become even more unwieldy.

“When considering the numerous supplemental reports, project updates, errata and amendments coupled with the sheer volume of information presented in the application, the board is of the view that the application, in its present form, is difficult even for experts to navigate,” it wrote to TransCanada.

“The board is concerned that it will be even more difficult for the general public to comprehend and navigate. The board is also concerned about the impact of this on the fairness and efficiency of the hearing process and the potential burdens on all parties.”

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail


  • J

    Lee.But how could this be.

    This is the same group of geniuses that can predict the precise oil price in 25 years and proudly brag about it.

  • Rick Munroe

    “difficult even for experts to navigate”

    True, rather like the NEB’s website itself: we can request a search on topics which clearly exist in NEB’s file, yet the search engine provides no links.

    I have waded into TC’s application several times and have had to start a notebook in order to keep track of what I’ve examined, what was important & how I could find it again, and what was repetitive (much of it is) or otherwise useless.

    My sense is that TC has adopted a new strategy: bury prospective intervenors in documents, make it difficult to locate information (no thanks to NEB’s filing system) and steadily whittle down the number of people who think they have the time and energy to stick with it.

  • Keld1

    What turnip truck did the folks at NEB fall off?

  • Brad Brien

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the NEB, past (and current) governments, environmental groups, concerned objectors, and anyone else that was interested in the process, ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION to be included with applications.

    For many years now, REQUESTS for more information, more details, more plans have been restated over and over again.

    So, Trans Canada tried to include everything that all parties would need, only to now be told ‘that’s way too much info’ !

    Ridiculous !

  • Needreason

    So after 3 years now they decide to have them rework it? Under orders of tru=doh I would imagine.

  • BC Thoughts

    Canadian Pipelines

    The document was 30,000 pages at the time – filling 68 binders in 11 boxes – and the NEB says it has since become even more unwieldy.

    US Pipelines

    In the time it’s taken to quash the proposed 1,400 kilometres of Keystone XL pipeline, 19,200 kilometres of American pipeline has been built, some of it serving Canada.

    Washington has committed to helping Kenya raise $18 billion for a 900-kilometre pipeline that will roll through endangered species habitats in the Great Rift Valley to the Indian Ocean. It’s only an environmental issue it seems, when it’s a Canadian pipeline.

    The U.S. has quickly gone from being an importer of oil, to becoming the largest oil producer in the world, now exporting overseas for the first time in 40 years.

    Drink the Kool Aid Canada!

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