JRP hearing rules established for 2012

  • May. 11, 2011 10:00 a.m.

The Joint Reveiw Panel that is overlooking the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project has issued a hearing order for the project.

The hearing order outlines how interested persons can get back to the JRP, to ensure their comments are heard regarding the project that, if approved, would construct a 1,170 kilometre long dual-pipeline from the oilsands in Bruderheim, Alberta to a new port in Kitimat, B.C..

Meetings will begin in January, 2012, dates to be determined, however they are hosting meetings throughout the impacted areas to discuss how the process will work. There will be a meeting in Smithers, and they’re also being held in Bruderheim, Grand Prairie, and Whitecourt in Alberta and Bella Bella, Burns Lake, Hartley Bay, Kitimat, Kitkatla, Klemtu, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte City, Tumbler Ridge and Vanderhoof B.C.

Dates, the JRP report, will be announced later on their website and in various media advertisements.

Persons can also contact the process advisory team, who can be contacted at 1-866-582-1884.

The hearing order announcement, made last Thursday, pleased Northern Gateway Pipelines President John Carruthers.

“This is good news as the next step in a lengthy public process,” he said. “The JRP process is specifically designed to thoroughly test all our assurances, our safety procedures and our planning — in detail and in public. It enables everyone to have their questions answered and concerns addressed.”

Carruthers says that the more people know about the project, its economic benefits and of Enbridge’s commitment to safeguard the environment, the more support they will see for the project.