Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NEB Extends Energy East Application Process

The National Energy Board (NEB) have just re-opened the review process for the Energy East pipeline. The application to participate process (ATP) will be extended by a one week period. Starting on March 10 and running until 17 March, people can apply to participate in the formal discussions on the future of the Energy East pipeline.

The NEB says that it is extending the application process due to technical difficulties with their website which prevented people from applying.

Currently there are 1,800 applications. These applications were received between February 3 and March 3. According to 350.org, 1,200, or two thirds of the applications submitted so far have come from the climate movement. The NEB will determine which applicants it will approve to participate.There are an additional 5 information sessions being held over the next week.

If they accept the vast majority of applicants they will be forced to include climate impacts in their assessments, if they reject them, they will be subject to criticism for failing to acknowledge a large portion of Canadian opinion. 

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

Here is a simple three step application process provided by 350.org:

1. Click here and open this link for the NEB’s review page.

2. Click here to follow this step-by-step guide to apply to the NEB.

3. Click here and register your application.

NEB Process Advisors will also continue to be available to assist all individuals applying to participate.

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