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Comments are welcome while open. And they're pinning the blame on a $176-million discount being offered to Atlantic Canada's biggest energy company, Irving Oil Ltd. Nova Scotia's natural gas distributor Heritage Gas, Nova Scotia Power (NSP) and the Province of Nova Scotia have filed warnings with the National Energy Board (NEB), which is considering an application by the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline (M&NP) to slash the tolls it charges to deliver gas to Saint John-based Irving Oil. "If this were to occur, what it does is it forces us to re-look at this as a fuel source," said NSP president Karen Hutt. Pipeline tolls were less important when customers had access to a ready supply of natural gas from Nova Scotia's two offshore projects: Exxon's Sable and Encana's Deep Panuke.

It was built in 2009 to connect the Canaport liquefied natural gas terminal to the M&NP into New England. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Starting in 2019, Irving is being offered a 13-year "load retention rate" that would save it $176 million over the term of the agreement, inked in September 2016. Irving Oil's contract would start Nov. 1 of this year. TransCanada Corp. is asking federal regulators for permission to sign new long-term supply contracts to ship gas from Western Canada through existing pipelines to eastern markets, including Atlantic Canada. The company that once hoped to ship Alberta crude oil to New Brunswick is now pitching itself as one of the province's best hopes for a stable, inexpensive supply of natural gas. Nova Scotia's fuel prices will be set at midnight. The two main natural gas retailers in New Brunswick, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick and Irving Oil, are supporting the application. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. The western gas would provide them with a new source of supply to replace Nova Scotia's offshore gas, which shut down last year. The company that once hoped to ship Alberta crude oil to New Brunswick is now pitching itself as one of the province’s best hopes for a stable, inexpensive supply of natural gas. 95.9. update.

It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. The company cited new emissions standards in the regulatory review of the project. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. The coming role reversal from exporter to importer has created a fork in the road in St. Stephen and an opportunity for Emera and its Brunswick pipeline. With no pipeline link between the rest of Canada and the Maritimes, the natural gas would move on TransCanada's Canadian mainline as far as Quebec, then cross the border to travel through U.S. lines in New England. The overall pipeline system is better off by keeping — rather than losing — Irving, it said. "By having access to long-term supply with generally low volatility, EGNB is better able to provide valued service to our franchise area and provide an economical energy source which helps reduce the carbon footprint of this region in Canada," the filing says.

M&NP, however, calls the Irving discount "just and reasonable.". However, our servicing resources are limited to the Saint John area.

Opponents say the Irving discount will have to be made up by other customers through higher tolls. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Enbridge general manager Gilles Volpé says if the plan is approved, "it gives access to more capacity, and more access to the Alberta-based natural gas. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. But those developments are rapidly winding down; by 2019, customers will increasingly rely on natural gas imported into the region from the United States.

15 hours ago. It's possible the commodity price portion of residential natural gas bills could be reduced 30 to 40 percent, he said.

Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Ironically, the proposed long-term gas contracts would fill some of the unused space that would have been turned over to Energy East.

Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. "Providing this particular incentive for one operation could have the impact of driving up rates here in Nova Scotia.". It's asking the NEB to reject the Irving discount and to stop Irving from switching to Emera's Brunswick pipeline. Irving did not respond to CBC's request for comment. He has been covering Nova Scotia politics for more than 20 years. Today's best gas stations with the cheapest prices near you, in Bathurst, NB. Opponents in Nova Scotia say the Emera line was never seen — or approved by the NEB — as a competitor for the M&NP out of the region. Enbridge's application to intervene says the plan is "critical" to its New Brunswick operations. NSP estimated tolls could increase by 30 per cent, costing it up to $6 million more per year. "Eastern Canadian markets will be served by western Canadian gas, which is pretty exciting from our perspective," said Stefan Baranski, TransCanada's director of commercial markets in Eastern Canada, Volpé says TransCanada already ships some gas to Atlantic Canada on the route, but "this provides more capacity to bring more gas this way.".

Nova Scotians already pay the highest natural gas prices in the country, said Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. If we can find an alternative that provides better or lower costs for customers, that is what we are going to pursue," Hutt told CBC News. The discount is designed to keep Irving — which uses 65,000 mmbtu (million British thermal units) per day — from switching to a rival pipeline in New Brunswick, owned by Halifax-based Emera.

The company says in its filing it is "strongly supportive" of the plan and getting the new supply in place this fall is "extremely important to Irving Oil in meeting its needs for secure and reliable natural gas supplies for its operations in Atlantic Canada.". Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). ... Irving 1233 Loch Lomond Rd near Hickey Rd: Saint John: RudyPCA. In 2017, TransCanada abandoned plans to build the Energy East pipeline to carry heavy oil from Alberta to an export terminal in Saint John. Enbridge has signed a 20.5-year contract for the gas starting in 2021. "EGNB does not have access to local supply, nor local natural gas storage facilities to meet its franchise needs at this time and considers [gas from the west] as a valuable asset in meeting the needs of Atlantic Canada long term.". The New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board is empowered under the Gas Distribution Act, 1999 with the responsibility for regulation of the natural gas industry within the province.

Some of the biggest promoters of natural gas in Nova Scotia are sounding the alarm about a looming price shock expected in the next two years. Will a huge Irving Oil pipeline discount trigger natural gas price shock in Nova Scotia? This could not possibly be viewed to be in the public interest," Heritage Gas argued.

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