All three National Energy Board panel members, reviewing the Energy East pipeline proposal, have stepped down.
They made the move in order to preserve the integrity of the review.
The members have also pledged not to discuss the application with other board members or board staff.
It was last week when the NEB suspended hearings into Energy East over allegations that the board members met with some officials from Trans-Canada, the company behind Energy East.
Earlier, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said its up to the NEB to sort out the allegations on its own.
Carr says there’s plenty of time for the board to get the Energy East hearings back on track and said ultimately the decision whether to approve the pipeline will be up to the Liberal cabinet, based on what’s in the national interest.