December 12, 2016 / 6:16 PM / 9 months ago

Canada to name replacement panel for Energy East pipeline

Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie - RTSTWEH

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government on Monday named three replacement members for a National Energy Board panel examining TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO) Energy East pipeline, the Natural Resources Canada federal agency said in a statement.

The original three-person panel quit in early September after it emerged two members had privately met a TransCanada consultant before the hearings formally started. The pipeline faces fierce opposition from environmental groups.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Additional reporting by Ethan Lou in Calgary, Alberta; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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