An overview of the Northern Gateway decision report

An overview of the Northern Gateway decision report


The proposed Northern Gateway Project (the “Project”) consists of two pipelines and a marine terminal. The pipelines are anticipated to follow a 1 km wide route from Bruderheim in northern Alberta to Kitimat in northern B.C. covering over 1,170 km (see a map of the route here). The proposed route for the pipeline crosses over a small amount of private lands, over public lands and over lands claimed by various aboriginal groups. The marine terminal associated with the Project will be located in Kitimat, B.C. at the eastern end of the Douglas Channel. It is anticipated that the marine terminal will have two tanker berths and 19 storage tanks (for condensate and petroleum).

Over a period of several months, the National Energy Board (the “NEB”) conducted the hearing on the proposed Project. The hearing considered matters under the National Energy Board Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Firstly, the NEB considered an application under the National Energy Board Act for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Secondly, the NEB was appointed as a Joint Review Panel (the “JRP”) under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. As well, the Government of Canada indicated that it is relying upon the consultation efforts of the proponent and the JRP to discharge its duty to consult with Aboriginal groups.

Read “An overview of the Northern Gateway decision report” on the ELC blog.

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