December 12, 2016 / 6:16 PM / a year ago

Canada to name replacement panel for Energy East pipeline

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.

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

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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