CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A Canadian
environmental group on Tuesday filed a legal challenge against
the regulatory review of TransCanada Corp's Energy East
pipeline, seeking to restart what it calls a process tainted by
Transition Initiative Kenora's motion to be filed to the
National Energy Board quasi-judicial body comes one day after
the board formally assigned three replacement members for Energy
The review was thrown into chaos last year after revelations
that panel members met privately with a company consultant,
prompting the entire panel to step down in September.
The government has not said whether the review will begin
where it was suspended or restart from the beginning. Transition
Initiative Kenora said it should restart as the meeting with the
consultant calls into question any previous decision by the
The legal challenge represented another hurdle for Energy
East, which is designed to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude
per day from Alberta's oil sands to Canada's east coast, where
it can be sold on to more lucrative international markets.
Environmentalists have opposed the pipeline fearing the
project would spur development of Canada's carbon-intensive oil
When asked about the legal challenge, TransCanada said it
looks forward to the "resumption of the Energy East regulatory
process and showing why this project is in the national
The Natural Resources Canada federal agency and the NEB did
not immediately respond to requests for comment.
(Reporting by Ethan Lou in Calgary, Alberta; Editing by Lisa
Von Ahn and Alan Crosby)
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