updated 2/9/2011 5:17:27 PM ET 2011-02-09T22:17:27

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) today announced that it will hold a public hearing to consider an application submitted by KM LNG Operating General Partnership (KM LNG) for a 20-year licence to export natural gas in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

In its application, KM LNG stated that the majority of the natural gas supply for the proposed exports will come from shale gas resources located in northeastern British Columbia. The natural gas would then be liquefied at the proposed Kitimat LNG Terminal and transported by tankers to markets primarily located in Asia Pacific.

KM LNG has requested authorization to export up to 13,300,000 103m3/year (468 billion cubic feet/year) of natural gas in the form of LNG. If the licence is approved by the Board, it would be Canada's first export licence for liquefied natural gas.

To assist people who may wish to better understand the process for this export licence hearing and the different options for participating in the hearing process, the NEB will hold an information session in Kitimat on Tuesday, 1 March 2011 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the following location:

Riverlodge Recreation Centre

654 Columbia Avenue West

Kitimat, British Columbia

For further information regarding this information session, please contact Carrie Randall, Regulatory Officer at 403-299-3714 or toll free at 1-800-899-1265.

The hearing to consider this application will start at 9 am, local time, 7 June 2011 at a location to be announced at a later date.

People interested in the public hearing can participate in one of three ways:

(i)                 by seeking intervenor status;

(ii)               filing a letter of comment;

(iii)             by making an oral statement to the Board.

Any person wishing to intervene in the hearing must file an application by noon (MST), on 8 March 2011 with the Secretary of the Board at the following address:

Anne-Marie Erickson

Secretary of the Board

National Energy Board

444 Seventh Avenue SW

Calgary, AB  T2P 0X8

Facsimile: 403-292-5503

Any person wishing to submit a letter of comment or request permission to make an oral statement must do so by noon (MST), 26 April 2011.

On-line forms for all three ways to participate are available on the NEB's Website at www.neb-one.gc.ca. In the right margin, select "View or Submit a Regulatory Document", scroll down and click on "Submit documents electronically" and then select the form that suits your purpose.

The NEB is an independent federal regulator of 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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Please visit the NEB Web site 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 Hearing and Information Session, and then click on Participate in a Public Hearing.

This news release and Hearing Order GH-1-2011 are also available on the Board's Internet site under What's New!

For further information:        Carole Léger-Kubeczek

                                                Email:carole.leger-kubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca

                                                Communications Officer

                                                Telephone: 403-299-2717

                                                TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For a printed copy of Hearing Order GH-1-2011:              

National Energy Board Library

444 Seventh Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 0X8
Telephone: 403-299-3561
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Telecopier: 403-292-5576
Telecopier (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
Email: library@neb-one.gc.ca


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