VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Federal Court of Appeal has said that the National Energy Board has to re-determine if The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project falls under provincial or federal jurisdiction.
The 900-km pipeline would run from Hudson’s Hope to a facility on Lelu Island. While the project has already received provincial approval, they are still awaiting a final decision from Pacific NorthWest LNG. Pacific NorthWest would be the proponent building and operating the facility on Lelu Island.
B.C. resident, Michael Sawyer, originally appealed to the NEB on the grounds that the board should hold a hearing to determine whether the pipeline project requires federal approval instead.
He argued that while it is located in the province, it will move gas destined to be exported. The NEB rejected his application.
A judge ruled Wednesday that the NEB must reconsider Sawyer’s application.
The BC Environmental Assessment Office accepted Prince Rupert Gas Transmission’s application with conditions, and issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate in October of 2014.