The National Energy Board (NEB) is opening a regional office in Vancouver as the independent regulator deals with two major pipeline projects in the works in B.C.
The new office, along with another regional office in Montreal, is set to open its doors by the spring.
The NEB is charged with approving projects in the oil, gas and electricity sectors, including Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would run from northern Alberta through to northern B.C.
Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan wants twin its existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs between northern Alberta and Burnaby.
Both projects have been met with resistance from different groups in B.C.
The staff at the NEB’s new regional office will focus on communications work, community engagement and assist with operations, according to a press release.
The NEB did not respond to multiple requests for interviews.