The Ontario Energy Board Energy East Consultation and Review
In November 2013, Ontario’s Minister of Energy asked the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to examine and report on TransCanada PipeLines Limited’s proposed Energy East Pipeline from an Ontario perspective (read the Nov 12, 2013 letter). To support the preparation of the report, the Minister asked the OEB to undertake a consultation process. This consultation process will provide a forum for Ontarians to express their views on the proposed Energy East Pipeline. These views will inform the OEB’s report to the Minister.
The Minister has asked that the OEB consider the implications of four areas of potential impact of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline:
- The impacts on Ontario natural gas consumers in terms of prices, reliability and access to supply, especially for those consumers living in eastern and northern Ontario
- The impacts on pipeline safety and the natural environment in Ontario
- The impacts on Aboriginal communities in Ontario, in particular how treaty and Aboriginal rights may be affected
- The short and long term economic impacts of the project in Ontario
Additionally, the Government of Ontario has adopted the following 6 principles with respect to assessing proposed pipeline projects:
- Pipelines must meet the highest available technical standards for public safety and environmental protection
- Pipelines must have the world leading contingency planning and emergency response programs
- Proponents and governments must fulfill their duty to consult obligations with Aboriginal communities
- Local communities must be consulted
- Projects should provide demonstrable economic benefits and opportunities to the people of Ontario, over both the short and long term; and
- Economic and environmental risks and responsibilities, including remediation should be borne exclusively by the pipeline companies, who must also provide financial assurance demonstrating their capability to respond to leaks and spills
The Government of Ontario intends to participate as an intervenor in the National Energy Board’s (NEB) review of the proposed Energy East Pipeline (learn more about the NEB process) and the Minister will use the OEB’s report to help formulate the Government’s position.
March 9, 2015
ICF International Inc, one of the Board’s Technical Advisors, has prepared a preliminary assessment of the impact of Energy East on Ontario natural gas prices. As with the Board’s other Technical Advisors, ICF is now working on its final Report.
We will post all the Technical Advisors’ Reports on the Board’s website together once they are ready. These Reports will be posted as soon as possible, but it will not be sooner than the end of March 2015.
The deadline for Part Two written submissions will be at least two weeks after the release of the Reports. This will ensure that you have the opportunity to review these Reports before you finalize your submission. Read more...
february 3, 2015
Our Technical Advisors are reviewing the feedback they received from the discussions that took place in January, and additional information that was filed by TransCanada on January 30, 2015. We will post all the Technical Advisors’ Reports on the Board’s website together once they are ready. We aim to post these Reports as soon as possible, but it will not be sooner than the end of February 2015.
The deadline for Part Two written submissions will be at least two weeks after the release of the Reports. This will ensure all have an opportunity to see these Reports before they finalize their own submissions.
January 26, 2015
On January 29th and 30th, the OEB will be hosting a stakeholder forum in Ottawa. If you are unable to attend either day of the Stakeholder Forum in-person you can view and listen to the presentation, and provide written comments and questions online. Read more...
January 13, 2015
Community Discussion documents for Part Two are now available on the Resources page. Read more...
January 12, 2015
If you are unable to attend a meeting in-person you can view and listen to the presentation live, and provide written comments and questions online. Read more...
December 11, 2014
In Part Two of its consultation, the OEB will be hosting a series of community discussions to present assessments of the application, which have been prepared by our technical advisors. Read more...
November 4, 2014
Last week, TransCanada filed its Energy East application with the National Energy Board. This means the Ontario Energy Board can now begin Part Two of its Energy East Consultation and Review.
The OEB’s technical advisors will take approximately 6-8 weeks to assess TransCanada’s application. Once this assessment is complete, the OEB will hold a series of Community, First Nations and Métis meetings that will start in January 2015.
The OEB will also host a forum at which stakeholder organizations will have the opportunity to make brief presentations that address the impacts of the proposed pipeline from a province-wide perspective.
We will provide a further update in several weeks with a schedule of the meetings and the stakeholder forum, including dates/times/locations.
If you have any questions or comments, contact our third-party facilitator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-572-4365.
September 22, 2014
Meeting Summary and Presentation from the second OEB Province-Wide Stakeholder Meeting have been posted. Read more...
august 26, 2014
On August 14, 2014, the Ontario Energy Board held a briefing session with TransCanada on the proposed Energy East Pipeline.
July 10, 2014
The Summary Reports in respect of the consultations held during Part One are now available on the Resources page on this website. These reports were prepared by our third-party facilitators and summarize the views that Ontarians shared with us during Part One on the potential impacts of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline.
Details regarding Part Two of our consultation and review will be announced in due course.
April 17, 2014
The deadline for Part One written submissions has been extended to May 15th. You can send us written submissions through the comment form or to our third-party facilitator via email email@example.com or via fax 416-572-3736.
All written submission received by May 15th will be included in the Part One Consultation Summary. Written submissions received after that date will be included in the Part Two Consultation Summary. Part Two of the OEB Energy East Consultation will be taking place in the summer of 2014.
April 7, 2014
Community Discussion Summaries for Kenora and North Bay are now available. You can also view the presentations made at the first four community dicussion meetings on the Resources page.
March 20, 2014
Our technical advisors have prepared three Background Reports on TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline. You can find these new Background Reports (and other information, including the Project Description that TransCanada recently filed with the National Energy Board) on the Resources page.
March 13, 2014
You can let us know what you think about TransCanada's proposed Energy East Pipeline by filling out a Discussion Guide or hosting your own discussion using a Conversation Toolkit. These documents are now available on the Resources page.
March 3, 2014
The Ontario Energy Board has released information about the next phases of its consultation with Ontarians on the impact of TransCanada's proposed Energy East Pipeline.
February 19, 2014
Meeting Summary and Presentation from the first OEB Province-Wide Stakeholder Meeting have been posted. Read more...