August 26, 2002

NEB hearing will consider motions surrounding Sumas project

The National Energy Board (NEB) last week said it will hold a public hearing in October to consider three motions relating to the application by Sumas Energy 2 to construct an international power line near Abbotsford, British Columbia. The hearing on the project construction application itself will not proceed until the Board has ruled on these motions. A revised schedule will be released at that time.

The first two motions seek: to determine whether the Board should hear evidence concerning the environmental effects in Canada of the company's proposed power plant in Sumas, Washington; and to discontinue the NEB hearing on Sumas Energy's application on the basis that those Canadians involved in the process agree unanimously that the company's application to proceed within Canada should not be approved.

The third motion is asking the NEB to review Sumas Energy's application for potential prejudice arising from the absence of full detail concerning an alleged verbal agreement between the company and Canadian Pacific Railway for use of CPR right-of-way in Canada. It also seeks a review by the NEB of Sumas Energy's application for any fundamental deficiency in the application arising from the absence of full detail concerning this alleged verbal agreement between Sumas and the CPR.

The hearing will address only these three motions and will be held October 18 at the Garden Park Tower in Abbotsford.

More information, including the notice of public hearing, is available on the NEB Web site, www.neb-one.gc.ca, under "What's New," or from Ross Hicks, NEB public affairs, 403/299-3930. A copy of EH-1-2000 Notice of Hearing on Motions may also be requested from the NEB Publications Office, 403/299-3562, FAX 403/292-5576, E-mail publications@neb-one.gc.ca.

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