Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Countdown on Energy East Decision Begins as National Energy Board Launches Review

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Countdown on Energy East Decision Begins as National Energy Board Launches Review

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Countdown on Energy East decision begins

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CALGARY - The National Energy Board officially started the clock Thursday on its review of the contentious Energy East pipeline project.

The NEB now has 21 months to hold hearings along the 4,500-kilometre route from Alberta to New Brunswick and report to government whether the pipeline is in the national interest.

The hearings will begin in Saint John, N.B., on Aug. 8 and NEB director Jean-Denis Charlebois said the review will be one of the most comprehensive ever conducted by the regulator.

"This review will be unlike any other in the NEB's history," Charlebois said during a briefing Thursday. "All Canadians who wish to take part in the decision on this project will be heard."

While the review is only now beginning, the debate around the TransCanada (TSX:TRP) project has already become polarized, with environmental groups and some First Nations and politicians expressing total opposition. …

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