As a Commenter, how can I be involved in a hearing process?

As a Commenter, how can I be involved in a hearing process? [PDF 410 KB]



This presentation provides a brief overview on how you can participate in a hearing process as a Commenter. It also provides information on how to find details regarding the hearing process you apply to participate in.

This presentation includes information on:

  • Being a Commenter
  • What is a letter of comment?
  • Where can you find more information?
  • What is a Process Advisor?

Being a Commenter

  • How do I participate in a hearing process as a commenter?
    • If you participate as a commenter, you share your views on the project with the Board in a Letter of Comment.
    • Please refer to the project-specific Hearing Order for details on how you can participate. This presentation describes the general procedural rights of a Commenter. On some occasions, more rights are afforded to Commenters – this is why you must refer to the Hearing Order.
  • How do I prepare?
    • Understand the process and how to participate in it.
    • Read parts of the application and the public record that apply to your interests.
    • Be familiar with the Hearing Order and procedural updates.
    • Respect deadlines.

Being a Commenter (cont'd)

  • You were approved to be a Commenter because you:
    • are directly affected, and/or
    • have relevant information or expertise.
  • As a Commenter:
    • You can seek to influence the Board’s recommendation or decision through your letter of comment.
    • Typically, other participants can’t ask you questions on your letter and you can’t ask questions of others.
  • You can follow the hearing by:
    • reading the public registry, hearing transcripts and project website,
    • listening to the hearing on-line,
    • attending the hearing in person, and
    • signing up to receive updates on key milestones or decisions of the Board.

What is a letter of comment?

  • Your letter of comment is your opportunity to let the Board know your views.
    • You letter must be relevant to the List of Issues.
    • Your letter is a public document and will be posted on the NEB’s website.
  • Your letter of comment can include:
    • Your views and concerns on the project.
    • How the project will impact you
    • Information or expertise you have about the project.
    • Your position on the recommendation/decision the Board will make.
    • Your views on conditions that should be put on the project, if it is approved.
    • Supporting information:
      • For example, photographs, written information that supports your position.
  • For more information, please see the presentation “How to Prepare a Letter of Comment

Where can I find more information?

  • On the NEB Website, you can find project webpages for most hearing processes.
  • The project Page can be a useful tool to hearing participants as it gives quick access to:
    • key documents and information specific to a hearing process such as the Hearing Order, the hearing schedule and procedural directions;
    • news releases issued by the Board regarding the project;
    • the schedule of workshops, usually on-line, to assist participants in specific parts of the hearing;
    • documents filed in the Public Registry for the project by all participants;
    • the Process Advisor contact information.
  • The Hearing Process Handbook provides you with general information about the NEB hearing process.

What is a Process Advisor?

  • The Board assigns Process Advisors (PAs) to each hearing to assist you to better understand the hearing process for a specific project, and how to participate in it effectively.
  • The Process Advisors are available by telephone and email. Visit the project page of the hearing you registered to participate in at to find the contact information of your Process Advisors.
  • Process Advisors also offer workshops, usually on-line, to assist participants in specific parts of the hearing.
  • The Process Advisors can only discuss process matters with you and cannot make your case for you.

Where to Find More Information

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