May 22, 2006

NEB releases draft EA scoping paper for proposed Brunswick pipeline project

CALGARY, ALTA-The National Energy Board (NEB) is seeking public input on the scope of the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Brunswick pipeline project. The draft EA scoping document sets out the work to be done in the EA and is based on a project description filed with the NEB by Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Management. The proposal calls for the construction of a natural gas transmission pipeline running about 145 kilometres from the Canaport(tm) Liquefied Natural Gas Facility at Mispec Point, near Saint John, New Brunswick, to the Canada-U.S. border near St Stephen, NB. The NEB, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport Canada, Environment Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency are the federal authorities responsible for ensuring that the EA meets the requirements set out in the scoping document. Once an application for the project has been filed under the National Energy Board Act, the NEB will conduct a public review under the substitution provisions of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The substitution was approved by federal Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, who is responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Comments are due by June 7, 2006 and may be submitted by mail, FAX, or on-line through the NEB Web site, www.neb-one.gc.ca. The Brunswick pipeline project EA scoping document [Filing A12021] and other relevant materials may be viewed on the Web site as well. Comments may be sent by mail or FAX to Michel Mantha at the NEB, 444 - Seventh Ave SW, Calgary T2P 0X8, FAX 403/292-5503.

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