Posted on: August 10, 2017 | Environment
A “Comment Letter” on the Energy East Pipeline Conversion project was posted to the NEB by the Environment Cmte. on June 1, 2017 (available at https://whiteshellcottagers.com/whiteshell_news/east-energy-pipeline-comment-letter/ ). The most significant change from previous reports include:
We also met with Sustainable Development Department’s offices of Compliance and Enforcement, which has been designated as the Provincial office responsible for establishing the “Provincial” position on the Energy East Pipeline Conversion project. Their terms of reference includes the Environmental and Safety Standards to which it must adhere, within Manitoba. We (Gary Kennedy and I on behalf of our Environment Committee), met with senior representatives of the Approvals Division, and the Compliance Division, on June 20th to discuss our Comment Letter, and Provincial priorities.
We found our objectives to be quite closely aligned, with our concern over leak detection and automated response systems as well as the need for the pipeline operator to carry 3rd party liability coverage for both environmental damage and the impact of such damage on property values, to be a worthy extension to the issues already being considered. This discussion is expected to be the first of an ongoing interchange between ourselves and the Province.
Report by: Alan Roberts
Chair: Environment Cmte.