Toronto – The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) today released information about the next phases of its consultation with Ontarians on the impact of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline.
The Board will hold a series of interactive community discussions along the proposed pipeline route to consult with local residents. There will be an opportunity for local organizations to inform the discussions through brief presentations.
The community discussions will take place in:
- Kenora March 25, 2014
- Thunder Bay March 26, 2014
- Kapuskasing March 31, 2014
- Timmins April 1, 2014
- North Bay April 2, 2014
- Stittsville April 7, 2014
- Cornwall April 8, 2014
The Board will also be holding separate meetings during the same period to seek the views of First Nation and Métis communities regarding the Energy East project.
In addition to the local community discussions, the Ontario Energy Board will organize a conference to further discuss broader issues of concern to Ontarians, including the economic impact of the Energy East project on Ontario, the impact on gas consumers, and the environment and pipeline safety. The location and date of the conference will be announced shortly.
The Ontario Minister of Energy has asked the OEB to examine and report on the Energy East project from an Ontario perspective. The Ontario Government will use the Board’s report to inform its own position, when it participates in the hearings on the proposed pipeline at the National Energy Board. The OEB has no jurisdiction over the Energy East Pipeline project.
- The proposed Energy East Pipeline is an approximately $12 billion project to transport crude oil from Western Canada through Ontario to Quebec and New Brunswick.
- In Ontario, TransCanada proposes to convert approximately 1,900 kilometres of existing pipeline, construct about 100 kilometres of new pipeline, and build approximately 30 pumping stations.
The OEB has a website where Ontarians can get more information about the project, signup for e-updates, and offer their views.