Enbridge willing to look at details

Enbridge panel experts were questioned once again Monday about the lack of detail in certain parts of the plans they’ve filed, only to remind interveners the level of detail required at this stage has been met.

A few quick questions regarding the mitigation of the effects of the Northern Gateway pipeline on the Daiya-Matess Keyoh were put to the expert panel members at the joint review hearings for the Northern Gateway pipeline Monday afternoon.

Jim Monroe, speaking on behalf of the Daiya-Matess Keyoh, wondered if Enbridge continued to maintain that none of the areas, activities, species, sites, systems, practices or other rights required further mitigation measures beyond those already proposed.

Paul Anderson, Enbridge expert, said the mitigation measures, in a general way, would be sufficient. From an environmental perspective, he said, any issues next to the Keyoh can be mitigated.

However, he added the assessment looked at the area in a very general way. The next step is to get more details and plan out exactly what would be done to mitigate the effects of the pipeline, kilometre pole by kilometre pole, deciding on site specific measures based on site specific information.

“That’ll involve doing centre line surveys to look at everything that would be on the proposed center line and really nailing down the exact centre line,” Anderson said.

However, generally, they see nothing that can’t be mitigated.

“But in a general way there isn’t anything specific in that area that we don’t think can’t be mitigated through the measures that we’ve put together in our Volume 7,” he said.

Monroe then asked how long it would take to complete the further assessment required to put together specific mitigation measures.

“The detailed routing of the pipeline occurs or will occur post-certificate.  So once we receive the National Energy Board certificate, we would proceed through detailed engineering and detailed design and really nail down that routing.  And that’s when we do the detailed centre line surveys and some of the other things that I’ve spoken about,” Anderson said.


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