updated 12/31/2010 12:47:34 PM ET 2010-12-31T17:47:34

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 31, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Energy Board (NEB, or the Board) is making available $75,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist landowners, Aboriginal groups, incorporated non-industry not-for profit organizations, and other interested parties to participate in the regulatory process of the proposed Bakken Pipeline Project.

Enbridge Bakken Pipeline Company Inc. (Enbridge Bakken) is proposing to construct and operate the Bakken Pipeline Project. The Project consists of the construction of 123.4 kilometres of new pipeline of which 77.3 kilometres would be alongside and contiguous to existing rights-of-way and utility corridors.

The Bakken crude oil pipeline and its associated facilities would be located between Steelman, Saskatchewan and Cromer, Manitoba. The associated facilities would also include the construction of a new pump station near Steelman. If approved, the construction is expected to start in the first half of 2012 and be completed in late 2012.

This funding is being made available to help interested parties review and comment on a project application to be submitted by the proponent, Enbridge Bakken. Funding must be used to prepare for and participate in the hearing process which will be announced by the Board at a later date.

To receive funding, recipients will have to register as an intervenor in the NEB's regulatory process for this project.

A funding review committee, independent of the regulatory process, will consider all applications for funding and make recommendations on the allocation of funds.

The deadline to submit a funding application is 28 January 2011. Funding applications received by the Board after this date will not be considered.

Interested parties are encouraged to review information on the proposed project, as well as the NEB's Draft List of Issues and the Draft Scope of the Environmental Assessment before submitting an application.

This information, as well as the Participant Funding Program Guide, the Application for Funding Form and the StandardContribution Agreement can be found on the Board's website ( www.neb-one.gc.ca ) under Public Registries / Anticipated Applications.

Please visit the NEB website for general information about the hearing process and how you can participate effectively. To access the information, go to www.neb-one.gc.ca, select Hearings and Information Sessions, and then click on Participate in a Public Hearing.

The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates several parts of Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

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The National Energy Board announced today that Participant Funding would be available for the Bakken Pipeline Project. Enbridge Bakken Pipeline Company Inc. is proposing to construct and operate the Bakken Pipeline Project, which would be located between Steelman, Saskatchewan and Cromer, Manitoba. The deadline to apply for funding is 28 January 2011. To find out more about the project, or to apply for funding, visit www.neb-one.gc.ca .

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