Energy East and Eastern Mainline Projects

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Energy East Pipeline Ltd. (EEPL) and TransCanada Pipeline Limited (TransCanada)

Panel sessions

On August 15 and 16, the NEB is in Fredericton (NB) for the second of ten Panel sessions along the pipeline route. Sessions will be available via webcast.

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News releases

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The Projects

Energy East

Energy East is a 4,500-kilometre pipeline proposed to carry 1.1-million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.

The project would include:

  • Converting an existing natural gas pipeline to an oil transportation pipeline;
  • Constructing new pipeline in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick to link up with the converted pipe; and
  • Constructing the associated facilities, pump stations and tank terminals required to move crude oil from Alberta to Québec and New Brunswick, including marine facilities that enable access to other markets by ship.

Project Map

This map provides an overview of the Energy East Project.

TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project Map

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Eastern Mainline

The Project would consist of approximately 279 km of new gas pipeline and related components and would be constructed in four sections, beginning near Markham, Ontario and finishing near the community of Brouseville, Ontario. About 203 km of the proposed 279 km pipeline would be installed adjacent to existing pipeline, railway and public highway rights-of-way.

The application for the Project has been filed to enable TransCanada to continue to meet its commercial obligations following the proposed transfer of certain Canadian Mainline facilities to Energy East Pipeline Ltd. for the conversion of those facilities to crude oil from natural gas service (Asset Transfer). The Asset Transfer makes up a portion of the Energy East application.

TransCanada is not, in this application, seeking approvals pursuant to Part IV of the NEB Act, relating to recovery of the cost of the Project through tolls.

Project Map

This map provides an overview of the TransCanada Eastern Mainline Project.

TransCanada Eastern Mainline Project Map

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Regulatory Documents

During the Hearing Panel review of these projects, all evidence, letters of comment, decisions and other relevant documents must be filed with the NEB and placed on the online document repository. These documents are all accessible to the public. You can find these documents at:

The Lists of Issues are the regulatory documents that outline what the Hearing Panel will consider when it reviews the Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects. They keep everyone focused on the issues that are relevant to the Hearing Panel’s assessment.

If you need to read the application for the Energy East Project in French, please visit the company’s website.

Comprehensive Review Process

The review process includes the following three streams:

  • Panel Hearing for Aboriginal groups and stakeholders directly affected by the projects and/or who have relevant expertise
  • Expanded public engagement activities to be carried out by a team of Board Members who will report relevant findings to the Hearing Panel
  • An assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to be conducted by the Government of Canada

This diagram provides a high level overview of the main activities of the comprehensive review process. For more information about these initiatives, please see this backgrounder.

Comprehensive Energy East Review Process

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Textual description of this diagram

Comprehensive Energy East Review Process

The review will include three streams:

First stream: NEB Panel Hearing

It will start with Panel Session in communities between August and December 2016.

Later on in 2017, the steps are:

  • Evidence filed and questioned
  • Comments provided
  • Draft conditions
  • Final argument

The final Hearing Panel recommendation report is due in March 2018.

The second stream is led by Additional Board Members.

It starts in the fall of 2016 with engagement activities, to be followed by community meetings in the winter and spring of 2017, and a report to the NEB Hearing Panel in the spring of 2017.

The third stream is an assessment of Upstream

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs).

The draft GHGs report, and public consultation and engagement activities will be conducted in 2017.

The final GHFs report is due in March 2018.

Note: This diagram will be updated periodically as information becomes available.

Panel Hearing (Stream #1)


The Panel Hearing review process is for those directly affected by the projects or with relevant information or expertise. The Board released the List of Participants [Filing A77848] on June 22, 2016.

The diagram below provides a high level overview of this Panel Hearing review process.

Comprehensive Energy East Hearing Panel Process

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Textual description of this diagram

Comprehensive Energy East Hearing Panel Process

The diagram provides an overview of the oral and written steps in the Energy East NEB hearing process between August 2016 and March 2018.
The steps are the following:
Between August and December 2016: Panel sessions in communities and Information requests from Hearing Panel to Applicants
Between January and April 2017: Intervenor information requests to Applicants (two rounds)
On April 25, 2017: Intervenor evidence and Commenter letters
In May and June 2017:  Applicants’ information requests to intervenors
Between June and August 2017:  Oral cross examination
In October 2017: Comment period on draft conditions
Between October and November 2017: Final argument
In March 2018: Hearing Panel Recommendation Report
Throughout the process, the NEB will offer participant workshops. Here's the list in sequential order:
Part I: How to prepare for the Panel Sessions
Part 2: Written submissions - filing a Notice of Motion
Part 3: Written submissions - preparing information requests
Part 4: Written submissions - preparing written evidence
Part 5: Written submissions - preparing a letter of comment
Part 6: Oral submissions – oral cross-examination
Part 7: Written submissions – commenting on draft conditions
Part 8: Final argument
This diagram was last updated on July 20, 2016.

For full timetable, see annex 5 of Hearing Order [Filing A78623].

View past hearing status updates

Panel sessions

The Board has set out the following dates and locations for the Panel Sessions scheduled for August through December 2016. Sessions will be available via webcast.

Table: Panel Sessions scheduled
Dates (inclusive) Location
8 – 10 August 2016 Saint John, NB – Agenda [Filing A78757]
15 – 16 August 2016 Fredericton, NB – Agenda [Filing A78824]
29 August – 2 September 2016 Montreal, QC
3 – 7 October 2016 Quebec City, QC
12 – 14 October 2016 Regina, SK
25 – 28 October 2016 Winnipeg, MB
1 – 4 November 2016 North Bay, ON
7 – 10 November 2016 Calgary, AB
28 November – 2 December 2016 Thunder Bay, ON
12 – 16 December 2016 Kingston, ON

Support for Participants

Participant Workshops

Participant workshop, Part 1 (intervenors): How to prepare for the Panel Sessions

The purpose of these workshops is to provide intervenors with information on what to expect and how to prepare for the upcoming Panel sessions. The presentations last between 30 and 40 minutes, and each one will be followed by a question period. Additional sessions could be scheduled based on demand.

Process Advisors

The main role of a Process Advisor is to provide information to the general public and support to participants in the hearing. They can also answer questions about the NEB’s process. To reach a Process Advisor for Energy East or Eastern Mainline call 1-800-899-1265 or email:

Participant Funding Program

Refer to the Participant Funding Program page for information on deadlines, eligibility, how to apply for funding and how to submit claims.

Meet the Panel

This project will be reviewed by the following three NEB Board members:

  • Roland George (Presiding Member)
  • Lyne Mercier
  • Jacques Gauthier

The Hearing Panel will study the application and all relevant information and evidence placed on the record. Learn more about the Hearing Panel.

Oral Traditional Evidence

The NEB is committed to hearing from Indigenous peoples in a way that respects their values and traditions. Indigenous peoples have an oral tradition for sharing lessons and knowledge from generation to generation. Since this information cannot always be shared adequately in writing, the Hearing Panel has invited Aboriginal Intervenors to provide Oral Traditional Evidence.

OTE sessions for the Energy East project were held between November 9 and December 15, 2015. Additional sessions will be scheduled in 2016 and 2017.

Regulatory documents relevant to oral traditional evidence:

  • 22 June 2016: Letter to Aboriginal Intervenors inviting them to provide Oral Traditional Evidence [Filing A77850]
  • 16 July 2015: Letter to Parties, List of Aboriginal Intervenors and Notice of Intent to Provide Oral Traditional Evidence [Filing A71289]
  • 7 August 2015: Energy East and Eastern Mainline – Oral Traditional Evidence [Filing A71675]
  • 1 October 2015: Procedural Direction No. 1 – Oral Traditional Evidence Process and Schedule [Filing A72951]
  • 2 November 2015: Procedural Direction No. 2a – Oral Traditional Evidence – Regina [Filing A73650]

Official Languages

The NEB takes its obligations under the Official Languages Act seriously, and often exceeds those obligations. The NEB values Canada’s linguistic duality and enables participation in its review processes in both official languages. The NEB is committed to serving all citizens respectfully, effectively and courteously. In the case of the Energy East review, the following measures will be used to ensure effective and meaningful participation:

  1. Individuals have the right to communicate with the NEB, in writing or orally, in the official language of their choice.
  2. The NEB will always offer its services in both official languages.
  3. Simultaneous interpretation will be available for all in-person Panel Sessions and other engagement opportunities.
  4. The French version of the Energy East application available on the Energy East website can be used and relied upon to participate in both the review conducted by the NEB Hearing Panel and other engagement activities.

Energy East and Canada’s Official Languages: A Message from the Team

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NEB Contact Information

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Hearing Process (Process Advisory Team)
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

Participant Funding Program
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer

Telephone: 403-299-3302
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

Marc Drolet
Communications Officer

Telephone: 514-283-2261
Telephone (cellular): 514-476-9911

Company Contacts

If you have questions about the project, including whether or not the pipeline could cross your property, please contact TransCanada at 1-855-895-8750.

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Eastern Mainline:

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