NEB application guide

Follow this step by step guide to help you submit an application to the National Energy Board. (10-20 minutes)


Step 2: Select GCkey Login and Follow the Instructions to create an account


Step 3: Follow the link to create your account on the NEB website

Step 4: Click Apply to Participate in the “Energy East Project and Asset Transfer” heading


Step 5: Select Individual  (unless you are applying as a group or organization)


Step 6: Read and click Next through steps 1 through 4 in the application


Step 7: Fill out your contact information for yourself (this should be auto-filled from your account)


Step 8: Skip adding an Authorized Representative.


Step 9: Select Intervenor and click Next


Step 10: Select Directly Affected and click Next


Step 11: This is your opportunity to clearly explain to the NEB why you should be allowed to participate. You need to select at least one of the approved List of Issues in order to more clearly explain why you are applying to intervene in Step 12. (For example, issues 1, 2, 7, 11, and 12 can be connected to climate change.)


Step 12: Decide what you want to say to the NEB about Energy East. We’ve included some talking points here that you can use, and encourage you to explain clearly how you feel directly affected by this proposed massive pipeline.



  • The NEB claims to not have regulatory authority over upstream or downstream activities associated with the development of tar sands, or the end use of the crude to be transported by the project.
  • The NEB’s mandate is to promote “safety and security, environmental protection and efficient energy infrastructure and markets in the Canadian public interest.”
  • We will all be directly affected by the climate pollution that would be unleashed by Energy East. This is a matter of Canadian public interest, and there is no other federal venue where this impact is being considered.
  • Pembina Institute’s preliminary analysis states: filling this 1.1 million barrel per day (bpd) pipeline has the potential to unleash up to 32 million tonnes of climate pollution. This is equivalent to adding 7 million cars on the road.
  • According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the tar sands industry plans to triple production by 2030. Building new pipelines is necessary to realize these ambitions.
  • There is enough pipeline capacity to move existing tar sands production, but further increases will soon exceed capacity. Significant increased capacity to ship crude by rail is a highly unlikely alternative given the limits of this infrastructure, the need of rail capacity for other shipments such as for grain, and the higher costs. Because of these constraints, and the sheer capacity of proposed 1.1 million bpd pipeline, Energy East stands to play a large role in determining how much and how fast the tar sands expand.
  • Tar sands production is Canada’s fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, a leading cause of climate change. This pollution is projected to nearly triple between 2005 and 2020, an increase large enough to cancel out all reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from other parts of Canada.
  • How can the NEB propose evaluating whether this new energy infrastructure is in the Canadian public interest without evaluating these very real consequences? This evaluation is tied to the broader pressing need to set ourselves on track towards a more sustainable energy future as we face abundant evidence of a growing climate change crisis.
  • The Canadian Press recently reported on a 2013 federal report, obtained through an Access to Information request, that affirms many of the concerns raised about diluted bitumen spills. This includes recognizing how little is known about the toxic effects of diluted bitumen in oceans, lakes or rivers, and the potential for it to sink, as seen in the devastating Kalamazoo River spill. 

Step 13: Select your preferred language and click Yes that you can access the “Board’s electronic document repository” and click Next.


Step 14: Click Submit



Step 15: RSVP: Let us know you applied

Please email us a copy of your application confirmation at