2017 Soybean Harvest

2017 Soybean Harvest

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Canadian pipeline companies tell NEB to limit funding for intervenors

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) has submitted comments to the National Energy Board (NEB) related to plans for the funding of participation in NEB processes by intervenors such as directly affected landowners.  In a letter addressed to the Secretary of the NEB, CEPA says that it believes it is "uniquely placed to offer our observations based on past experience."  In sharp contrast to the position taken by CEPA-member companies in the past, CEPA now suggests that funding for costs is an "appropriate and fair way" for intervenors to bring their views forward.  However, CEPA also says that:
Participants should be held accountable for their contribution to decision-making processes. Upon receipt of a cost claim (or through what ever accounting mechanism is adopted), NEB should conduct a post-hearing evaluation of the relevance of a participant’s contribution to the hearing, and costs should be awarded based on that evaluation. Cost awards should not necessarily cover 100% of costs incurred.
CEPA advocates close control of eligibility for costs and holding participants accountable for their "performance".

Read the CEPA letter at: Sept. 28, 2010.