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26 January 2015

National Energy Board to hear oral Aboriginal traditional evidence for Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Calgary

CALGARY – The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) will hear oral Aboriginal traditional evidence for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project from Alexander First Nation on Wednesday, 28 January. The hearing will run from 1:30-4:30 at the Board’s offices in Calgary and the public is welcome to attend.

This is the final scheduled hearing session to gather oral Aboriginal traditional evidence for this application. The Board heard from dozens of Aboriginal presenters in Edmonton, AB, Chilliwack, Kamloops, and Victoria, BC throughout the fall.

The Board recognizes that Aboriginal peoples have an oral tradition for sharing stories, lessons, and knowledge from generation to generation. This information cannot always be shared adequately in writing yet it will make up an important component of the evidence the Board will consider as it decides whether or not to recommend approving the Project.

Aboriginal intervenors may also file written evidence in addition to their oral traditional evidence. Other intervenors, Trans Mountain or the Board may ask presenters questions about their oral traditional evidence. It is up to the individual Aboriginal groups to decide whether they will respond to any questions orally, in writing or both.

Details of these hearings, including a live audio broadcast are available on the NEB website.

Trans Mountain submitted its application to the Board on 16 December 2013. The project would expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system in Alberta and British Columbia and include approximately 990 km of new pipeline, new and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks, and the reactivation of 193 km of existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, BC. There would also be an expansion of the Westridge Marine Terminal. The application is available on the NEB website.

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit the National Energy Board website.

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For further information:

Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer

Canada Energy Regulator
Telephone: 403-614-6526
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-299-3302
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803

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