Jurisdiction over the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project

What’s New

  • July 26, 2019 – NEB issues decision on jurisdiction over Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project [Filing C00715]

Project and Jurisdictional Application Description

On July 30, 2018, the National Energy Board (Board) received an application from Mr. Michael Sawyer, requesting that the Board:

  1. pursuant to subsection 12(1) of the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act), determine and issue a declaratory order that the Project is properly within federal jurisdiction and subject to regulation by the Board;
  2. pursuant to section 57 of the Federal Courts Act, issue a Notice of Constitutional Question in respect of the requested declaratory order; and
  3. in the alternative, refer the question of jurisdiction over the Project to the Federal Court of Appeal pursuant to subsection 18.3(1) and section 28 of the Federal Courts Act.

The proposed Project is an approximately 670-kilometre-long, 48-inch diameter natural gas pipeline located wholly within the Province of British Columbia (BC). It would connect to a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility near Kitimat (LNG Terminal) from which LNG would be exported. The Project was authorized and is currently regulated by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC). The Project, proposed by Coastal GasLink, has not yet been constructed.

For more information, please visit the BC Oil and Gas Commission webpage regarding this project.

Summary of steps and deadlines
Date/deadline Event / step
28 January 2019 Additional written evidence of CGL
15 February 2019 Additional written of Intervenors
26 February 2019 All participants may file information request to other participants who submitted evidence.
12 March 2019 All participants must respond to information requests addressed to them
19 March 2019 Written reply evidence of CGL
2 – 3 May 2019 Final oral argument and reply of CGL and intervenors

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