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The National Energy Board and 'Public Interest'

Gaeton Caron

In his latest turgid communique, a letter to the editor published in the Ottawa Citizen, Gaétan Caron, chair and CEO of the National Energy Board (NEB) reminds us that Board approvals of pipeline projects are allegedly made “in the public interest.”

Since NEB approval routinely includes expropriation of private landowners – usually farmers – through the granting of Right of Entry (ROE) orders to pipeline companies, we can assume Mr. Caron considers land theft to be in the so-called public interest, too. 

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Dave Core, CEO & Director of Federally Regulated Projects, will be attending:

March 24, 2014 - Manitoba Bipole III Landowner Committee Rally at the Manitoba Hydro Head Office at 11am and Manitoba Legislative Building at 11:45am. Please click here for more information.

March 25, 2014 - Meeting with Landowners affected by the TransCanada Energy East Project, Elkhorn Elks Hall, Virden, MB at 7pm

March 27, 2014 - Meeting with Landowners affected by the TransCanada Energy East Project, Community Hall, Hughenden, AB at 7pm

March 28, 2014 - Meeting with Landowners affected by the TransCanada Energy East project, Community Hall, New Brigden,

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Great Thoughts by Great Men and Women

Ludwig  von Mises"Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." - G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing/debating, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.

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Myron's Story

Myron, a landowner affected by Bipole III and a member of the Manitoba Bipole III Landowner Committee, shared his story with CAEPLA recently about his negative experience with Manitoba Hydro surveyors. Read on to find out what happened...


Attached is what happened on my farm land.

One day last fall I noticed a hydro truck out on our prairie trail.  I was aware of what Hydro was up to in regards to Bi-Pole 3 so I wasn’t surprised to see them and even as I raced out there I knew what they were doing.  I drove right up to the crew which consisted of two vehicles and 5 workers.  I asked them what they were up to and when they said they were surveying for Bi-Pole 3, I politely told them to get off my land.  I explained that it was nothing personal and that I knew they were just following orders but Hydro has no permission or easements to go onto my property.  They just shrugged and loitered around a little bit more but eventually left.

Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project

The National Energy Board (“NEB”, “Board”) and its enacting regulations already compromise the public and farmer/rancher rights to protect the safety of their families and the environment. Section 58 Exemptions even further erode the rightsof the public and extend unwarranted/illegal risks (under natural justice) and burdens on landowners for the financial benefit of pipeline shareholders...


Presentation to the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources: February 28, 2013

Dave CoreGood morning Honourable Senators. It is my pleasure to be talking to you from Calgary this morning by video conference. Our National office is situated in Regina, Saskatchewan, but I am in Calgary on personal business right now.

The Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations (“CAEPLA”, formerly “CAPLA”), is an association made up of regional member landowner groups from New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and associate members from across Canada, coast to coast.

CAEPLA’s objective is to assist Canadian pipeline landowners to address more effectively the impacts of energy pipeline construction and operations which affect landowner interests, including soil preservation, environmental liability, land use restrictions, safety, repair and maintenance issues, abandonment and compensation. CAEPLA is a catalyst for the organization of pipeline landowner associations by providing organizational advice, advocacy and negotiation experience and services. It is also CAEPLA’s intention to address landowner concerns with respect to present pipeline regulation in Canada with appropriate government and regulatory authorities.



Please visit these CAEPLA sponsored sites...

Pipeline Observer NEB News


CAEPLA Landowner Journal

CAEPLA Landowner Journal Fall/WinterThe CAEPLA Landowner Journal publication features special feature sections, including:

1) Ottawa's National Energy Board and its disposition towards landowners;

2) The Alberta Land Bills and the impact they will have on property rights, not just in Alberta, but even elsewhere in Canada (see what the CAEPLA SmartPig has to say about that in the letters section), and;

3) What to do when the landman comes calling.

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NEB Letters

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