The National Energy Board (NEB) is making available a total of $150,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist eligible individuals and groups intervening in the hearing process for the proposed Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) Towerbirch Expansion Project.
NGTL, a subsidiary of TransCanada, filed the project description for its proposed Towerbirch Expansion Project with the NEB in May. The natural gas system will be made up of up to 36-in (914 mm) pipe and will start in Saddle Hills County, Alberta, and travel approximately 85 km and end 31 km southeast of Fort St. John, British Columbia. NGTL anticipates filing an application with the NEB in the third quarter of this year.
The NEB funding is being made available to help support the participation of those persons who are directly affected or have relevant information or expertise, to prepare for hearing related activities; it is not intended to cover all expenses. Funding may be provided to eligible Intervenors up to a maximum of $12,000 for individuals and $80,000 for a group.
Applications for participant funding will be accepted up until 60 days before the first day of the oral portion of the hearing (to be determined). Details about the hearing process will be announced at a later date.
The NEB 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. For more information, to apply for funding, visit the NEB website.