NEB Rejects Jurisdictional Challenge of Coastal GasLink Project

Kathy Brookes

The National Energy Board has ruled against the Smithers man -- who argued the Coastal GasLink pipeline should have undergone a federal review -- not just a provincial one.

In a lengthy decision this afternoon -- the board says it does not find a basis to conclude that the project is properly within federal jurisdiction.

It says the project is a local work and undertaking -- properly regulated by the province of BC.


Coastal GasLink would feed the massive LNG Canada export terminal at Kitimat -- and has already received BC's approval.

Smithers resident Mike Sawyer and the group Ecojustice argued it should be considered a "federal undertaking" because TransCanada would operate it together with another pipeline in Alberta -- and the LNG Canada project required a federal gas export licence.

Coastal GasLink argued the pipeline should be considered as separate -- and falling strictly within BC and its jurisdiction.

The NEB also heard arguments from the governments of Canada, B-C and Saskatchewan, as well as LNG Canada and its partners.

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