NEB To Consider Smithers Man's Pipeline Challenge

John Crawford

The National Energy Board says it will consider a Smithers man's jurisdictional challenge of the approval of the natural gas pipeline intended to feed the LNG Canada project at Kitimat.

The federal regulator says it will accept submissions until next Monday from challenger Mike Sawyer, the provincial and federal governments and other parties on whether the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline should be considered a federal project.

If it is, it could require National Energy Board approval, in addition to the green light it has already received from the BC Oil and Gas Commission.

In letters issued Monday, the NEB says it has determined there is a "prima facie" case that the project may form part of a "federal undertaking" and it's now looking for more detailed information and arguments.


Sawyer argues the Coastal GasLink falls under federal jurisdiction because Calgary-based TransCanada would operate the pipeline together with the connected Nova Gas Transmission system.

LNG Canada announced earlier this month that it is going ahead with its multi-billion- dollar plant in Kitimat using natural gas delivered by the pipeline from northeast BC.

[The Canadian Press]

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