Questions and Answers - Draft Lists of Issues for Comment

Energy East Project

  1. What is a List of Issues?
  2. Why is there a separate List of Issues for Energy East and for Eastern Mainline? Isn’t there one hearing process?
  3. How will the Hearing Panel use my comments?
  4. Can I propose additional issues to be included on the list?
  5. Can anyone provide comments on the Lists of Issues?
  6. Why are these Lists of Issues different from the list issued by the previous Hearing Panel?
  7. What issues have been added that were not on the previous Lists of issues? Have any issues from the previous lists been removed?
  8. If the Lists of Issues have changed, how does this affect my Application to Participate? Do I need to resubmit?
  9. When will the Lists of Issues and the Factors and Scope of the Factors for the Environmental Assessment be finalized?

1. What is a List of Issues?

The List of Issues identifies the topics that we will consider during the hearing. The list helps to keep hearing participants focused on the issues that are relevant to our assessment.

All of the evidence and questions that are asked during the hearing must be related to the Lists of Issues.

The draft Lists of Issues released by the Hearing Panel on May 10 will not be finalized until the Panel has received and considered input from Canadians.

2. Why is there a separate List of Issues for Energy East and for Eastern Mainline? Isn’t there one hearing process?

The List of Issues for each project focuses on those topics that are relevant to that particular project.

The Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects are closely related and will be assessed through one, coordinated hearing process.

We also recognize that each project has its own application and is significant in its own right. There will be different questions and issues that are specific to each project, and the NEB will produce a Recommendation Report for each project once the hearing is completed.

3. How will the Hearing Panel use my comments?

The Panel will review all the comments received during the comment period to see if any changes to the draft Lists of Issues are warranted.

Integrating public feedback into the final Lists of Issues helps the NEB develop a hearing process that is fair, transparent and responsive to the needs of Canadians.

We believe that public input leads to robust decisions and recommendations that reflect the interests of Canadians.

4. Can I propose additional issues to be included on the lists?

Yes. However, it will be up to the Hearing Panel to decide whether or not to include your suggestions on the final Lists of Issues.

5. Can anyone provide comments on the Lists of Issues?

Yes, anyone can offer their comments on the Lists of Issues.

6. Why are these Lists of Issues different from the lists issued by the previous Hearing Panel?

Many of the issues in these draft Lists of Issues are similar to those identified in the previous lists. However, it will be up to the new Hearing Panel to determine which issues are relevant to their assessment of these projects.

We decide which issues to consider in a particular hearing on a case-by-case basis.

7. What issues have been added that were not on the previous Lists of issues? Have any issues from the previous lists been removed?

No issues that were included on the previous Lists of Issues have been removed.

There are a number of issues that were not on the previous lists but have been identified in this new, draft list of issues, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are likely to result from any incremental production or use of oil due to the project.

The new draft Lists of Issues also include the potential environmental and socio-economic effects of power lines required for the project and GHG emissions likely to result from any incremental electricity required for the project.

Please read the new, draft Lists of Issues carefully to see if any of the changes affect your interest in the project. It’s important to remember that these are draft lists and there could be changes before they are finalized.

8. If the Lists of Issues have changed, how does this affect my Application to Participate? Do I need to resubmit?

Once the Hearing Panel has finalized the new Lists of Issues and Factors and Scope of the Factors for the Environmental Assessment, they will review all of the Applications to Participate that were submitted to the NEB, including those applications that were turned down.

If you have already submitted an Application to Participate, you do not need to re-submit.

9. When will the Lists of Issues and the Factors and Scope of the Factors for the Environmental Assessment be finalized?

Anyone who wishes to provide input on the draft documents have 21 calendar days to provide their comments.

Once those comments are received, the Hearing Panel will review the feedback and decide on the final Lists of Issues and Factors and Scope of the Factors for the Environmental Assessment. Once the lists are finalized, we will share them publically.

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