The National Energy Board (NEB) has launched an initiative to gather input from Indigenous peoples and the public to help shape the hearing process and other engagement activities for the Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects. The comment period ends on 15 July 2017.
These activities will be led by a team of four Board Members who are independent from the Hearing Panel: Alain Jolicoeur, Wilma Jacknife, Damien Côté and Ronald Durelle. They will be gathering comments by meeting with Indigenous peoples and through a new online engagement platform.
The four Board Members hope to engage with many of the more than 200 groups of indigenous peoples who may be impacted by the projects. One of the key aspects of these discussions will be to identify the best ways to collect oral traditional evidence.
Relevant findings from these engagement efforts will be filed on the official record for the Hearing Panel to consider as they design the Energy East and Eastern Mainline hearing process.
The expanded engagement activities announced are in keeping with the Government of Canada's Interim Measures for Pipeline Reviews.
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.
SOURCE: National Energy Board
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