Comments on Proposed Changes to Guide E of the Board’s Filing Manual – Change of Class Location

Comments on Proposed Changes to Guide E of the Board’s Filing Manual – Change of Class Location [PDF 154 KB]

File: Ad-GA-RG-GFR 0104
17 October 2017

To: All Companies Operating Oil or Gas Pipelines under the Jurisdiction of the National Energy Board (NEB or Board) and Interested Parties

  • Comments on Proposed Changes to Guide E of the Board’s Filing Manual – Change of Class Location

The Board is updating Guide E of the Filing Manual to clarify its expectations for changes in class locationFootnote 1 for existing pipelines. The proposed amendments provide additional clarity for regulated companies on the information required by the Board when there is a need for a class location change. In addition, the Board believes these changes will allow for greater efficiency in its review of these types of applications and greater efficiency in eventual implementation by the company of any measures required to enhance public safety and environmental protection.

The proposed changes to Guide E are based on learnings from prior reviews of filings relating to changes in class location. They address the need for companies to provide the Board with a timely and complete assessment of the increase in risk following a change in class location, and a plan with proposed measures to reduce the risk, with associated timelines.

How to Comment on the Draft Filing Manual Changes

The Board is now inviting written comments on the draft changes to be submitted by 17 November 2017. Comments must include a reference to this letter, the commenter’s name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, and the comments on the proposed changes.

Comments may be provided electronically, in hard copy by mail, or by fax and sent to the contact information below.

  • Proposed Changes to Guide E of the Board’s Filing Manual
    Secretary of the Board
    National Energy Board
    Suite 210
    517 Tenth Avenue SW
    Calgary, AB  T2R 0A8
    Facsimile 403-292-5503 or 1-877-288-8803
    Email filingmanual@neb-one.gc.ca

After the close of the comment period, comments will be posted on the NEB website.

While the Board will consider all comments received and will revise the Filing Manual accordingly, ongoing input and feedback are always welcome as the NEB works to continually improve its regulatory framework.

The Board anticipates release of an updated Guide E in the winter of 2017/2018.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss the changes, please contact Jenny Been, Technical Leader, Pipeline Integrity, Field Operations at 403-671-3519 or via email at Jenny.Been@neb-one.gc.ca.

Yours truly,

Original signed by

Sheri  Young

Secretary of the Board

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