The topic of building a pipeline to transport crude oil to the shores of Douglas Channel at Kitimat and shipping it through the open waters of the Northwest BC Coast is an important issue. Therefore as a public service to the community we feel the need to bring this impending deadline to our readers’ attention.
The National Energy Board has set up a process called the Joint Review Panel. This is a panel of three people who will listen to all those for and against the construction of the twin pipeline proposed by Enbridge. One pipeline is proposed to import a product called condensate. This is petroleum thinner which is added to the heavy bitumen (raw crude) so that it will flow in a pipe. The Tarsands and other producers require this to ship the oil in the current pipelines south and possibly west for the second of the two pipes proposed by Enbridge. This second pipeline will carry the raw crude for export through Douglas Channel into shipping lanes in the Pacific Ocean.
The fast approaching deadline is for citizens to add topics to the list for discussion, the parameters of the topics already set for discussion, the locations/towns where the discussions will take place and any other matter one might wish the Joint Review Panel to consider.
This is the first step in the process. This is the necessary stage where those who are interested in speaking can ensure the topic they wish to speak about will be a topic the Joint Review Panel will be permitted to discuss.
The first of three opportunities to add a topic or engage in these discussions begins this week in Whitecourt, Alberta. The deadline for this session was July 28th. The session will be audio broadcast live this Tuesday, August 10 beginning at 8:00am and can be listened to by following this link. http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/pnlsssn-eng.html
The Deadlines for the next two sessions, one in Kitimat and one in Prince George is next Wednesday, August 18. Listening to the process on Tuesday morning might provide some context to an interested person on the manner the sessions operate.
To discover what topics and the parameters of the topics which are already on the list, to discover the communities the panel intends to visit and to determine how you can participate and register, follow this link to a previously posted news release.CLICK HERE
Below is a news release received today from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA);Audio broadcast of Whitecourt Panel Session
An audio broadcast of the Panel session being held in Whitecourt, Alberta will be available by accessing the Panel website at the following link (http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/pnlsssn-eng.html)
. This broadcast will begin on Tuesday, 10 August at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time . A complete transcript of the Panel session will also be posted to the Public Registry.