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National Energy Board hearings for Trans Mountain pipeline postponed

A pipeline is pictured at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Burnaby, B.C., on June 4, 2015.
A pipeline is pictured at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Burnaby, B.C., on June 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The National Energy Board has postponed hearings that were supposed to begin next week into the Trans Mountain expansion project, which aims to connect Alberta crude with a Vancouver-area marine terminal.

Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan filed evidence to the board that was prepared by Steven Kelly, a consultant with IHS Global Canada at the time.

The problem is, Kelly has since been appointed to the board, with the position taking effect on Oct. 13.

The hearing panel has decided to strike Kelly’s evidence from the record and has directed Kinder Morgan to list of any other evidence he prepared.

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It also wants to know whether Kelly’s evidence in support of the project will be replaced.

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The NEB says the hearing panel will not go ahead with oral arguments in Calgary on Monday or Burnaby, B.C., next month at this time and will outline its next steps once it gets the information it has requested from Kinder Morgan.

The hearings were scheduled in Calgary for August 24, and in Burnaby from September 9 to 30.

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