Hearings Scheduled for Medicine Hat Pipeline

The National Energy Board will hold a public hearing on an application from Petro-Canada Oil & Gas (Petro-Canada) to construct a natural gas pipeline from the Medicine Hat, Alberta area to Burstall, Saskatchewan.

The public hearing will commence on Monday, November 19, 2001 at 9:00 a.m. at a location to be announced at a future date. Written interventions must be filed with the Board by Monday, September 24, 2001.

Petro-Canada proposes to construct approximately 67 kilometers (42 miles) of 273.1 millimeter (10 inch) natural gas pipeline from its existing natural gas production properties located in the Medicine Hat area to TransCanada Pipelines Limited's system near Burstall, Saskatchewan. The pipeline will have a design capacity to transport 1.5 million cubic metres (53 million cubic feet) per day of natural gas. The proposed pipeline route begins near the southeastern side of the Suffield Military Block in Alberta and extends northeast to Burstall, Saskatchewan. The pipeline route follows existing corridors for most of its length with approximately 13 kilometres (8 miles) of new right-of-way being required. The Medicine Hat Pipeline is proposed to be in-service in May, 2002 with an estimated capital cost of $9.9 million.