The new hearing panel assigned by the National Energy Board to evaluate the Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications has voided all previous decisions concerning the projects.
Past decisions that have been voided include:
- Determination that the Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications are complete
- Decision to review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications via a single hearing
- List of Participants and any subsequent individual rulings on participation
- Lists of Issues and factors to be included in the environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012; and, Hearing Order
All hearing steps and related deadlines are no longer applicable and the new hearing panel will decide how to move forward. Those who have already submitted an application to participate do not need to reapply. The panel will review all filed applications to participate and release a new List of Participants.
The panel has also ruled that the project applicants do not need to refile their applications. If the new panel decides that the project applications are complete, the 21-month time limit will begin anew.