NEB to Hear Application for Licence to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Pacific Rim Markets

CALGARY, Alberta, July 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) today announced that it will hold a public hearing to consider an application submitted by BC LNG Export Co-operative LLC (BC LNG) for a 20-year licence to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada to Pacific Rim markets.

This application is based on projections that the demand for natural gas in Pacific Rim markets will continue to increase substantially over the next 20 years. In its application, BC LNG is requesting authorization to export up to 1.8 million tonnes of LNG annually.

The Board will consider, among other issues, the export markets and natural gas supply, the transportation arrangements, and the status of regulatory authorizations. The Board will also consider the potential environmental effects of the proposed exportation, and any social effects directly related to those environmental effects.

Members of the public can participate in the hearing in one of three ways:

(i)                 by seeking intervenor status;

(ii)               by filing a letter of comment; or

(iii)             by making an oral statement to the Board.

The public hearing will consist of a written portion and potentially an oral portion. The Board has invited parties to comment, as part of their application to intervene, on whether the oral portion of the hearing is necessary.

Any person wishing to intervene in the hearing or make an oral statement must file the required documents with the Board and serve a copy on BC LNG and its counsel by Thursday, 1 September 2011. The deadline to file a letter of comment will be announced at a later date.

Online forms for all three methods of participation are available on the NEB website at In the right margin, select "View or Submit a Regulatory Document", scroll down and click on "Submit documents electronically" and then select the form for your purpose.

For additional information about this hearing or the procedures governing the hearing, please contact Carrie Randall, Regulatory Officer, at 403-299-3714 in Calgary or call the Board's toll-free number at 1-800-899-1265 and specify that the call is about the BC LNG Export Licence hearing.

Please visit the NEB website for general information about the hearing process and how you can participate effectively. To access the information, go to, select Hearings and Information Sessions, and then click on Participate in a Public Hearing.

The NEB is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

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This news release and Hearing Order GH-3-2011 are also available on the Board's website under What's New!

For further information:
Carole Léger-Kubeczek
Communications Officer
Telephone: 403-299-2717
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For a printed copy of Hearing Order GH-3-2011
National Energy Board Library
Ground Floor
444 Seventh Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 0X8
Telephone: 403-299-3561
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Telecopier: 403-292-5576
Telecopier (toll free): 1-877-288-8803



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