Watershed moment: Ontario River Alliance Intervening at NEB (July 2016)

Sudbury Star | July 2016 | Members of the Ontario Rivers Alliance have concerns about the proposed Energy East pipeline and will have a chance to air them during panel hearings later this year.

The National Energy Board granted intervenor status to the ORA, along with 336 other applicants. The NEB had received more than 2,600 requests to participate in hearings, a key part of the review process for projects such as Energy East, a 4,600-kilometre pipeline that would deliver oil from western Canada and the northwestern United States to refineries and ports in eastern Canada.

ORA was one of 337 applicants, out of more than 2,600, to be granted intervenor status from the National Energy Board. They’ll take part in a hearing in North Bay, scheduled for Nov. 1-4.

“Intervenor status allows us to make a submission at an NEB hearing to ask questions of the proponent or other intervenors,” said Linda Heron, Sudbury-based chair of the ORA. “It also provides funding for us to develop our submission and to hire consultants.

“It really does give us an advantage. The other status would be commenter, but they don’t have funding, so they can’t hire consultants to help them develop their submissions.”

While the exact route of the pipeline won’t be determined until the public and regulatory review process is complete, current plans call for it to run through Northern Ontario near Kenora, Dryden and Longlac, then north of the Sudbury area through Hearst and Kapuskasing, before heading south through North Bay and Mattawa.

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As posted at http://www.thesudburystar.com/2016/07/08/watershed-moment

By Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star

Friday, July 8, 2016 10:08:14 EDT PM

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