The stakeholder engagement program has adopted a phased approach to stakeholder engagement. Each phase has been further developed and refined in response to information gathered from the previous phase as well as identified interests and needs.
The stakeholder engagement program consists of six phases, which include:
- Phase 1 Engagement - Stakeholder and issue identification, May 2012 to September 2012;
- Phase 2 Engagement - Public information and input gathering, October 2012 to January 2013;
- Phase 3 Engagement - Community conversations, February 2013 to July 2013;
- Phase 4 Engagement - Feedback to stakeholders and application filing, August 2013 to December 2013;
- Phase 5 Engagement - Regulatory process to in service, January 2013 to in service; and
- Phase 6 Engagement - Operational consultation.
Unless otherwise stated, the stakeholder feedback reported in the Facilities Application includes engagement activities conducted through Phases 1 to 3, up until July 31, 2013. Phases 4 through 6 will support the regulatory process and, if successful, the construction phases of the Project. Updates to engagement initiatives that continue to occur, will be provided periodically to the NEB.
Phase 4 includes community and economic benefit presentations in conjunction with chambers of commerce, attending events, one on one meetings, emergency response workshops, and presentations/speaking opportunities. In addition, meetings with local government and interested parties will be ongoing.
Phase 5 will include sharing results of any new studies or work being completed on the Project, to communicate any changes and or updates to Project plans, to share information with stakeholders on the regulatory process, and to engage on construction effects and mitigation measures. Additional activities include community readiness discussions that focus on communicating the benefits of the Project to local stakeholders and engaging on environment offsets.
Once the pipeline becomes operational, Phase 6 engagement opportunities will continue through hosting facility open houses, providing newsletters and Project updates, making safety and public awareness presentations, participating in community events, regulatory processes, and ongoing informal meetings with stakeholders.