FORT SIMPSON, N.W.T. — The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved an application from Enbridge Pipelines for a $53 million project to replace a 2.5 kilometre segment of its Line 21 pipeline.
The NEB released a decision on Jan. 25 approving Enbridge’s plan to leave a section of pipe that is being replaced under the Mackenzie River. That section of pipe will be cleaned, filled with grout and capped.
Enbridge applied to replace the section on March 10, 2017 after identifying possible safety concerns related to a shifting slope on the Mackenzie River.
The NEB has attached 26 mandatory project conditions to approval of the project, including a requirement to file an Indigenous monitoring plan, engagement reports and a knowledge and land use study. The plan will describe how local Indigenous people will participate in monitoring project construction and post-construction.
The hearing was held from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 2017 in Fort Simpson, N.W.T. and the NEB heard from Indigenous groups, local government, Imperial Oil Resources N.W.T. Limited and the Government of the Northwest Territories. The NEB has also carried out an environmental assessment of the project.