June 6, 2016 by National Energy Board
The National Energy Board (NEB, the Board) is recommending that the Federal government approve NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.’s (NGTL) proposed expansion to its existing system in northern Alberta.
The Board’s final report, released today, lists 48 conditions that NGTL would have to meet should the project go ahead. Five of the conditions in the report are specific to the protection and restoration of caribou habitat. The project would run through three boreal woodland caribou ranges. Boreal woodland caribou are listed as Threatened on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.
The Board granted intervenor status to 37 groups and individuals while seven groups were granted commenter status. The Board heard oral traditional evidence from six Indigenous groups in Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Edmonton, Alberta in late fall 2015.
As required by federal law, the Board has submitted its report with its recommendation on the project to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada.
SOURCE: National Energy Board