Enbridge Pipelines Inc. - Line 3 Replacement Program - OH-002-2015

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Project Information

On 5 November 2014, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (Enbridge) submitted an application [Folder 2546069] for the proposed Line 3 Replacement Program. The proposed project would include:

  • the replacement of the existing Line 3 863.6 mm crude oil pipeline with a replacement 914.4 mm crude oil pipeline;
  • the addition of remotely operated sectionalizing valves;
  • the replacement of some or all Line 3 pumps and associated infrastructure and equipment;
  • the addition of tankage at the Hardisty Terminal; and
  • the decommissioning of the existing Line 3 pipeline.

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Email is not a valid method of filing with the NEB. Comments about the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Program received by email will not be considered. You can, however, still email your general process questions to our Process Advisor.

For more information, please see Support for Participants.

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Line 3 Replacement Map

Route

Detailed route maps for the proposed Line 3 replacement pipeline are in Parts 1-18 of Appendix 2 (Environmental Alignment Sheet Package), found here: Filing A64179. Revised Re-Route Figures can be found here: Document A4L1G2, Document A4L1G3, Document A4L1G4 and Document A4L1G5.

Note: Environmental Alignment Sheets Index Maps are found here: Document A4E6X5 and Document A4E6X6. Revised Alignment Sheets can be found here: Document A4L1G6 and Document A4L1G7.

Detailed route maps for the existing Line 3 pipeline which Enbridge proposes to decommission are in Parts 1-14 of Appendix 12 (Decommissioning Environmental Technical Report) found here: Filing A64181.

Note: Decommissioning Alignment Sheets Index Maps are found here: Document A4E7E0.

Hearing Process Updates

On 4 February 2015, the Board determined that the application is complete to proceed to assessment, and announced that it will hold a public hearing. The following describes the Board’s typical hearing process and includes key dates. For additional information about the Board’s hearing process, please consult the National Energy Board Hearing Process Handbook.

  1. The Project Description was filed on 18 July 2014 [Filing A61876]
  2. Engagement and Participant Funding
    Engagement, which is a continuous process, and Participant Funding are underway. The deadline to apply for Participant Funding is 60 days before the first day of the oral component of the hearing. Participant funding is only available if there is an oral component to the hearing.
  3. The Application was filed on 5 November 2014 [Folder 2546069]
  4. The Application was determined complete to proceed to assessment on 4 February 2015 [Filing A65762]
  5. Application to Participate closed on 31 March 2015. [Filing A65763]
    The Board has reviewed the Applications to Participate and has issued the List of Participants. The List of Participants contains the Board’s decision on who is allowed to participate in the hearing and whether they can participate as a Commenter or Intervenor. [Filing A69721]

    As an Intervenor you may apply for Participant Funding, submit written evidence, ask questions of Enbridge and other Intervenors about their evidence, submit and respond to motions, present final argument, and be asked to respond to questions from Enbridge and other Intervenors about your evidence, if applicable.  There may be costs associated with being an Intervenor such as preparing your evidence, making copies and sending documents to other participants.
  6. Hearing Order Issued
    The Hearing Order is a key document that outlines how the hearing will take place, the roles and responsibilities of participants and any associated timelines.

    The hearing will include a written component and may include an oral component. When determining the location for any oral component of the hearing, the Board typically considers the number of participants and where they reside in an effort to make it as convenient and cost-effective as possible for participants.

    The Board issued the Hearing Order on 4 May 2015. [Filing A69826] The Board issued an amended List of Issues on 29 May 2015. [Filing A70437]
  7. Evidence and Questions
    During the written component of the hearing, the applicant and Intervenors can submit evidence and ask questions (Information Requests) of each other. The Board may also ask questions of the applicant and Intervenors. The Board issued Procedural Update No. 1 on 28 August 2015 which provides information on the hearing [Filing A72353]. On 30 October 2015, the Board issued a Revised Timetable of Events with Amending Order AO-002-OH-002-2015 [Filing A73595] and Procedural Update No. 2 which provides more information on the oral portion of the hearing [Filing A73597]. On 13 November, the Board issued Procedural Update No. 3 which provides a schedule and guidance to participants for the oral portion of the hearing [Filing A73959].
  8. Final Argument
    Final argument is presented by the applicant and Intervenors at the end of the hearing. Final argument involves telling the Board your position on the Project and what you think the Board should decide or recommend. You can only use the evidence on the record to support your position. You cannot present any new evidence when you present final argument. The Board has provided more information on final argument in Procedural Update No. 3 issued on 13 November 2015 [Filing A73959].
  9. Board Adjourns Hearing
    The Board typically adjourns a hearing at least 12 weeks before the Board issues its Report and Decisions on the application.
  10. The Board’s Report and Decisions on the application will be issued no later than 4 May 2016.

Note: The hearing steps and timelines outlined above are forecasts only. All hearing steps and timing are always subject to determination and revision at the Board’s discretion.

List of Issues

The Board has identified, but is not obliged to limit itself to, the following issues for potential consideration in the proceeding with respect to the proposed Line 3 Replacement Program (Project). These issues pertain, as applicable, to both the proposed construction and operation of the new Line 3 pipeline and the proposed decommissioning of the existing Line 3 pipeline. The Board issued an amended List of Issues on 29 May 2015. [Filing A70437]

  1. The need for the Project.
  2. The economic feasibility of the Project.
  3. The potential commercial impacts of the Project.
  4. The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the Project, including those to be considered under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.
  5. The appropriateness of the general route and land requirements for the Project.
  6. The suitability of the design of the Project.
  7. Potential impacts of the Project on Aboriginal interests.
  8. Potential impacts of the Project on landowners and land use.
  9. Contingency planning for product release, accidents or malfunctions, during construction and operation of the Project.
  10. The suitability of the decommissioning plan for the existing Line 3 pipeline including whether the decommissioning is appropriately an interim step to eventual abandonment or whether it is the final step in the pipeline’s lifecycle.
  11. Safety and security during construction and operation of the Project, including emergency response planning and third-party damage prevention.
  12. The terms and conditions to be included in any recommendation or approval the Board may issue for the Project.

Support for Participants

Receive Project Updates

We will provide periodic updates by email about the application and hearing process for the proposed - Line 3 Replacement Program. If you want to receive updates, fill out the L3RP subscription form.

Information Sessions

There are no information sessions currently scheduled.

List of Past Information Sessions

All meetings 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Morden Seniors Centre
306 North Railway Street
Morden, MB

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Elbow Civic Center
143 Aberdeen Street
Elbow, SK

Monday, November 17, 2014
Prairieland Community Centre
216 McPherson St.
Kerrobert, SK

Application to Participate Workshop
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Line 3 Replacement Program
(OH-004-2014)
Application to Participate Workshop
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Line 3 Replacement Program
(OH-004-2014)
Date Mountain Time Language
Thursday
5 March 2015
3:00 pm English
7:00 pm English
Thursday
12 March 2015
3:00 pm English
7:00 pm English
Thursday
19 March 2015
3:00 pm English
7:00 pm English
Thursday
26 March 2015
3:00 pm English
7:00 pm English
Monday
30 March 2015
3:00 pm English
7:00 pm English

Additional Information

Process Advisor

What if I need extra support? After you watch these informational videos, or read the Hearing Process Handbook, you may still have more questions. A Process Advisor’s main role is to support you if you participate in the hearing but they can also answer questions now about the NEB’s process. You can contact the Process Advisor, Matt Groza by calling 1-800-899-1265 (toll-free).

Participant Funding

Refer to the Participant Funding Program page for information. Awards are announced in the Participant Funding Report.

Applications to Participate

The Application to Participate (ATP) process is closed.

The Board will decide if late applications will be accepted and whether you will be allowed to participate. Please contact the Process Advisor to discuss the filing process for a late application to participate.

The Board will use the information provided in your ATP to decide if and how (Intervenor or Commenter) you will be allowed to participate in this hearing.

A list of approved participants was released on 28 April 2015.

Attention

Email is not a valid method of filing regulatory documents with the NEB. Comments about the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. - Line 3 Replacement Program received by email will not be considered.

Regulatory Documents

  • All regulatory documents, including the project application, are available through the NEB website [Folder 2545522]

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National Energy Board
E-mail: darin.barter@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-299-3371
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Contact Information

Matt Groza
Process Advisor

National Energy Board
Telephone: 403-614-4952
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663