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Filing Manual

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ISSN 1718-4711 (Paper)
ISSN 1718-472X (Electronic)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Instructions to Users

Chapter 3 – Common Information Requirements

Chapter 4 – Physical Projects

Chapter 5 – Applications not for Physical Projects

Chapter 6 – Non-Application Information Filings

Chapter 7 – Referenced Documents

List of Tables

List of Figures


Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms
Term Definition
Abandon The permanent cessation of the operation of a pipeline which results in the discontinuance of service. (Cessation d'exploitation)
Abandoned Pipeline A pipeline, the operation of which has been abandoned with leave of the Board as required by paragraph 74(1)(d) of the National Energy Board Act, and that remains in place. (Pipeline dont l’exploitation a cessé)
Aboriginal Includes the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. (Aboriginal)
Accountable Officer Person appointed as accountable officer under subsection 6.2(1) of the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations [OPR s.1]. (Dirigeant responsable)
Action Plans The competent minister is required to prepare one or more action plans based on the recovery strategy for a listed species. The action plan or plans and any amendments will be included in the public registry established under the Species at Risk Act. (Plan d'action)
Adverse Effect The impairment of or damage to the environment or the health of humans, or damage to property or loss of reasonable enjoyment of life or property. (Effet négatif)
Allowance for Funds Used During Construction (AFUDC) An amount allowed to be included in the construction costs of a project or the cost of funds used during the period of construction when a utility undertakes to construct its own facilities. (Provision pour fonds utilisés durant la construction)
Baseline Information The state of the environment, or environmental or socio-economic setting for a particular element providing a reference point for the element, with which to compare future conditions, and potential project effects. (Renseignements de base)
Base Year A period, usually a calendar year, of the most recent twelve consecutive months of actual data. (Année de base)
Booked Amount The final amount recorded in the appropriate account under the Gas Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations or the Oil Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations. (Montant comptabilisé)
Contaminant A substance that is present or released in the environment at an amount, concentration, level or rate that results in or may result in an adverse effect. (Contaminant)
Critical Habitat The habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a listed wildlife species and that is identified as the species' critical habitat in the recovery strategy or in an action plan for the species. [Species at Risk Act s.2(1) (Habitat essentiel)
Cumulative Effects Changes to the environment that are caused by an action in combination with other past, present and future human actions. ('Action' includes projects and activities.) (Effets cumulatifs)
Current Year The 12-month period, usually a calendar year, preceding the test year. Amounts for a current year would usually involve actual data for a portion of the year and estimated data for the rest of the year. (Année courante)
Deleterious Substance

(a) any substance that, if added to any water, would degrade or alter or form part of a process of degradation or alteration of the quality of that water so that it is rendered or is likely to be rendered deleterious to fish or fish habitat or to the use by man of fish that frequent that water; or

(b) any water that contains a substance in such quantity or concentration, or that has been so treated, processed or changed, by heat or other means, from a natural state that it would, if added to any other water, degrade or alter or form part of a process of degradation or alteration of the quality of that water so that it is rendered or is likely to be rendered deleterious to fish or fish habitat or to the use by man of fish that frequent that water. [Fisheries Act s. 34(1)] (Substance nocive)

Designated Project A project designated under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 as requiring a federal environmental assessment under the Act. [CEAA 2012 s.2(1)]
Easement An agreement under which a company acquires the right to use the land for the pipeline or powerline. It is a written contract that sets out the rights of the company and rights of the landowner for the use of the right of way. (Servitude)
Environmental Effect

In respect of a project, any change that a project may cause to a bio-physical element found in Table A-2, and any effect of any such change on a socio-economic element (See definition of Socio-Economic effect).

Environmentally Sensitive Area An area designated in regional or local land use plans, or by a local, regional, provincial or federal government body as being sensitive to disturbance or identified by an applicant as being sensitive for some reason. (Région écologiquement sensible)
Federal Lands

Under s.67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, the NEB must make a significance determination for any projects on federal lands. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, defines federal lands as:

(a) lands that belong to Her Majesty in right of Canada, or that Her Majesty in right of Canada has the power to dispose of, and all waters on and airspace above those lands, other than lands under the administration and control of the Commissioner of the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut;

(b) the following lands and areas:

i. the internal waters of Canada, in any area of the sea not within a province,

ii. the territorial sea of Canada, in any area of the sea not within a province,

iii. the exclusive economic zone of Canada, and

iv. the continental shelf of Canada: and

(c) reserves, surrendered lands and any other lands that are set apart for the use and benefit of a band and that are subject to the Indian Act, and all waters on and airspace above those reserves or lands. (Territoire domanial)

Fee Simple Owner The person or legal entity that is in the legal possession of land. Usually it is the person named on the title. (Propriétaire en fief simple)
Fish Includes (a) parts of fish, (b) shellfish, crustaceans, marine animals and any parts of shellfish, crustaceans or marine animals, and (c) the eggs, sperm, spawn, larvae, spat and juvenile stages of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and marine animals (Fisheries Act s.2.1).
Fish Habitat Spawning grounds and any other areas, including nursery, rearing, food supply and migration areas, on which fish depend directly or indirectly in order to carry out their life processes (Fisheries Act s.2.1).
Group 1 and Group 2 Companies In 1985, for financial regulatory purposes, the Board divided the pipeline companies under its jurisdiction into two groups: Group 1 companies with more extensive systems; and Group 2 companies that operate smaller systems. (Compagnies du groupe 1 ou du groupe 2)
Heritage Resources Cultural, historic, archaeological and paleontological resources are collectively known as heritage resources and can include pre-contact and post-contact features. (Ressources patrimoniales)
Human Health A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and the ability to adapt to the stresses of daily life; it is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (Santé)
Human Health Assessment Considers the effect of hazardous substances, environmental factors and exposure conditions on local and regional populations. It may consist of qualitative and quantitative assessments. (Évaluation de la santé)
Management Systems The management system set out in sections 6.1 to 6.6 of the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations [OPR s.1]. (Système de gestion)
Migratory Bird A migratory bird referred to in the convention, and includes the sperm, eggs, embryos, tissue cultures and parts of the bird. [Migratory Birds Convention Act 1994 s.2(1)] (Oiseau migrateur)
Mitigation In respect of a project, the elimination, reduction or control of the adverse environmental effects of the project, and includes restitution for any damage to the environment caused by such effects through replacement, restoration, compensation or any other means. (Mesures d'atténuation)
Monitoring Activities for resolving specific outstanding environmental issues, observing the potential environmental effects of a project, assessing the effectiveness of mitigation measures undertaken, identifying unanticipated environmental issues and determining the action required based on the result of these activities. (Plan de surveillance)
Navigable Water or Waterway Includes a canal and any other body of water created or altered as a result of the construction of any work. As well, a navigable water is considered as any body of water capable, in its natural state, of being navigated by floating vessels of any description for the purpose of transportation, recreation or commerce, and may also be a human-made feature such as a canal or reservoir.Footnote 1 (Eaux ou voies navigables)
Navigation Use of a vessel for transportation, recreation, or commerce on a navigable waterway. (Navigation)

For the purposes of sections 86 to 107 of the National Energy Board Act, the 'owner' is not restricted to the fee simple owner or to freehold landsFootnote 2. In this regard, an owner may include any interest in, or possession of land, such as the fee simple owner, Aboriginal title, the administrators of crown and public lands and occupants of land. The interest held may be registered or unregistered.

With respect to sections 33 and 34 of the National Energy Board Act, the owner of lands includes the fee simple owner and may also include any other interest held in the land, as described above. When determining the owners of lands required for the project, the applicant should consider all potential owners of the lands required and implement its notification and acquisition processes pursuant to the Act. (Propriétaire)

Physical Project Applications being of a physical nature including those applications required by the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations and Processing Plant Regulations as well as some pursuant to the National Energy Board Act. (Projet concret)
Pipeline A line that is used or to be used for the transmission of oil, gas or any other commodity and that connects a province with any other province or provinces or extends beyond the limits of a province or the offshore area as defined in section 123, and includes all branches, extensions, tanks, reservoirs, storage facilities, pumps, racks, compressors, loading facilities, interstation systems of communication by telephone, telegraph or radio and real and personal property and works connected therewith, but does not include a sewer or water pipeline that is used or proposed to be used solely for municipal purposes. [National Energy Board Act s.2] (Pipeline)
Plant Account An account listed in either Schedule IV of the Gas Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations or Schedule II of the Oil Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations, as appropriate. (Compte d'installation)
Processing Plant A plant used for the processing, extraction or conversion of fluids and all structures located within the boundaries of the plant, including compressors and other structures integral to the transportation of fluids. [Processing Plant Regulations s.1] (Usine de traitement)
Rate Base The net cost of investment on which an applicant expects to earn a return for a given test year. (Base tarifaire)
Reclamation The process of re-establishing a disturbed site to a former or other productive use, not necessarily to the same condition that existed prior to disturbance. The land capability may be at a level different (i.e., lower or higher) than that which existed prior to the disturbance, depending on the goal of the process. Reclamation includes the management of a contaminated site and revegetation where necessary. Reclamation is not considered complete until the goals for reclamation have been achieved. (Remise en état)
Recovery Strategy A strategy for the recovery of a listed extirpated, endangered or threatened species prepared by the competent minister (as defined under the Species at Risk Act, s.2(1)). If the recovery of the listed species is feasible, the recovery strategy must address the threats to the survival of the species identified by the Committee for the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, including any loss of habitat. The recovery strategy and any amendments will be included in the public registry established under the Species at Risk Act. (Programme de rétablissement)
Regulated Entity An economic unit operating a pipeline and subject to oversight by a regulatory body having jurisdiction. (Entité réglementée)
Residual Effects Effects that are present after mitigation is applied. (Effets résiduels)
Responsible Authority In relation to a project, a federal authority that is required pursuant to s.15 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 to ensure that an environmental assessment of the project is conducted. (Autorité responsable)
Right of Entry The right of access to, and use of, land surface. (Droit d'accès)
Right-of-Entry Order An order by the National Energy Board made under the National Energy Board Act granting a company access to, and use of, a defined portion of land for the purposes as set out in the order. (Ordonnance de droit d'accès)
Right of Way (RoW) The strip of land acquired for which a company has obtained the rights for the construction and operation of the pipeline or powerline. (Emprise)
Serious Harm to Fish The death of fish or any p[ermanent alteration to, or destruction of, fish habitiat.
Socio-Economic Effect In respect of a project, any effect on a socio-economic element found in Table A-3, including effects resulting from a change in the environment (See definition of Environmental Effect).
Species at Risk A federally-listed extirpated, endangered or threatened species or a species of special concern. [Species at Risk Act s.2(1)] (Espèce en péril)
Species of Special Status Species listed under provincial jurisdiction or of recognized importance because they are vulnerable, threatened, endangered or extirpated. (Espèce à statut particulier)
Study Area The area within the spatial boundaries of the scope of the environmental and socio-economic effects assessment. Since the spatial boundaries of the assessment may vary with different biophysical and socio-economic elements, the study area may also vary. (Zone d'étude)
Test Year A future 12-month period, usually a calendar year, when the new tolls would be in effect. (Année d'essai)
Traditional Territory Area where an Aboriginal group has claimed or asserted the right to use the land for traditional purposes such as hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering or spiritual activities. One or more Aboriginal groups may claim the same lands as their traditional territory. (Territoire traditionnel)
Valued Ecosystem Component (VEC)

Resources or environmental features that have all or some of the following features:

  • importance to local human populations;
  • regional, national or international profiles; or
  • if altered from their existing status will be important in evaluating the impacts of development or human actions, and in focusing management or regulatory policy. (Composante valorisée de l'écosystème)
Valued Socio-Cultural Component (VSC) Cultural, social, economic or health aspects of the study population that, if affected by the project, would be of concern to local human populations or government regulators. (Composante socio-culturelle valorisée)
Water Body A water body, including a canal, reservoir, an ocean and a wetland, up to the high-water mark, but does not include a sewage or waste treatment lagoon or mine tailings pond. (Plan d'eau)

Land where the water table is at, near, or above the surface, or which is saturated for a long enough period to promote wetland or aquatic processes as indicated by wet-altered soils, water tolerant vegetation and various kinds of biological activity which are adapted to a wet environment. Wetlands include organic wetlands or “peatlands”, and mineral wetlands or mineral soil areas that are influenced by excess water, but produce little or no peat. (Terre humide)

List of Abbreviations

List of Abbreviations
Abbreviation Definition
ADR Appropriate Dispute Resolution
AFUDC allowance for funds used during construction
bbl barrell
oC degrees Celsius
CCME Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
CEAA 2012 Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012
CEA Agency Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
cf cubic feet
cf/d cubic feet per day
CIF cost, insurance and freight
CSA Canadian Standards Association
CSA Z662 Canadian Standards Association Standard Z662, Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems latest version as amended from time to time
DFO Fisheries and Oceans Canada
DPR – Authorizations National Energy Board Act Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations
ESA environmental and socio-economic assessment
EPP environmental protection plan
GPUAR Gas Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations
H2S hydrogen sulfide
ISO International Organization for Standardization
kPa kilopascals
LNG liquefied natural gas
cubic metre
MBP market-based procedure
MJ/m³ megajoules per cubic metre
MOP maximum operating pressure
MPa megapascals
NEB or the Board National Energy Board
NEB Act National Energy Board Act
NGL natural gas liquids
NO2 nitrogen oxide
NPRI National Pollutant Release Inventory
O3 ozone
OPR National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations
OPUAR Oil Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations
Part VI Regulations National Energy Board Act Part VI (Oil and Gas) Regulations
P&ID process and instrumentation diagram
Post-construction report post-construction environmental monitoring report
PPBoR plans, profiles and books of reference
PPR National Energy Board Processing Plant Regulations
QA quality assurance
Reporting Regulations National Energy Board Export and Import Reporting Regulations
RoW Right of Way
Rules National Energy Board Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1995
SARA Species at Risk Act
SCADA supervisory control and data acquisition
SI International System of Units
SO2 sulphur dioxide
UTM Universal Transverse Mercator
VEC Valued Ecosystem Component
VSC Valued Socio-cultural Component
Valued Component VEC and VSC
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