NEB hearings on North Montney Mainline application start in Dawson Creek today

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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Hearings by the National Energy Board into TransCanada’s application to modify the North Montney Mainline Project began in Dawson Creek this morning.

In its application, TransCanada subsidiary NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. is asking for changes to be granted to the North Montney Mainline’s certificate that would allow the gas to flow east, and for certain components to proceed independently of an LNG export terminal being built on the West Coast. The changes would also include construction of eight additional meter stations with minor modifications to project plans.

During the first set of hearings held in Calgary last week, The Financial Post reported that several other oil and gas companies argued against the project, saying that the pipeline would flood the Alberta market with natural gas. Companies are also worried that the increased supply would create bottlenecks in the NOVA Gas Transmission System, forcing some producers to not have their gas shipped.

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TransCanada said its has contracted to move nearly 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from 11 companies. Progress Energy has signed a contract for nearly half of that amount, or 700 million cubic feet.

The NEB hearings in Dawson Creek are taking place at the Stonebridge Hotel Tuesday through Thursday beginning at 9:00 a.m. Audio from the hearings can be live streamed on the NEB’s website: https://www.neb-one.gc.ca/prtcptn/hrng/hrngnfrmtnsssn-eng.html

With files from The National Post: http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/the-natural-gas-sector-is-in-jeopardy-producers-spar-with-transcanada-during-tense-pipeline-hearing

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