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Are GHG Assessments Killing Pipelines?
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When: December 7-2017
11:45-1:00 pm
Where: Calgary Petroleum Club- Devonian Room
315 5th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0L6
Contact: Alison Leontaridis- Programming; Jill Sugars- Registration
403-269-1755 ext 303

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Are GHG Assessments Killing Pipelines?

Presented by: Environment Committee

December 7-2017

 11:30-1:00 PM

Calgary Petroleum Club



The National Energy Board (NEB) has a broad mandate under the NEB Act and it may consider matters that appear to the Board to be directly related to the pipeline and relevant to its decisions or recommendations. The NEB is responsible for assessing the environmental and socio-economic effects of energy projects within its jurisdiction, such as international and interprovincial pipelines in Canada and certain facilities. Recent proposed projects such as Enbridge Line 3, TransCanada’s Energy East and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion received broad media attention and above average public and Aboriginal involvement through consultation. The hearings associated with these projects may be oral or written.

Air and greenhouse gas emissions are identified by the NEB as biophysical indicators that must be described and quantified for the Project. Ambient air quality measurements and dispersion modelling typically form part of the assessment process in addition to mitigation measures, residual and combined effects, and continuous improvement. Of interest is how detailed these assessments can become even though pipeline related emissions are relatively small. Through Information Requests (IR’s) and particularly for a written hearing, the subject matter can be broad and varied leading to an over-abundance of effort to address the subject matter. This Lunch and Learn will cover the traditional NEB submission requirements for air quality and greenhouse gases and speak to the scope creep that has recently occurred due to evolving and unwritten submission requirements to satisfy the NEB hearing process (e.g., photochemical modelling, upstream and downstream GHG emissions). 


David Chadder is a Senior Technical Director and Principal with RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists, based in Calgary. He is the Subject Matter Expert for air quality and greenhouse gases/climate change for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. David has been consulting and providing technical oversight on air quality, odour, greenhouse gas, and hazard and risk studies for oil and gas projects and other industrial sectors for 38 years. These studies are typically used to inform engineering design, satisfy submission requirements for regulatory approvals, support hearing evidentiary filings, and demonstrate compliance with air emission targets and ambient objectives. David is accredited as a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and has been qualified as an expert witness by the AER (air quality, hazard and risk), AUC (air quality and climate change), and the NEB (air quality).


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