Project Background & the Hearing Process
Update on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
July 19, 2019
The NEB has decided how regulatory processes for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project) will continue, including detailed route and condition compliance processes.
As set out in its decision [Filing C00593], issued to Trans Mountain, NEB decisions and orders prior to the Federal Court of Appeal decision will remain valid, unless the NEB decides that relevant circumstances have materially changed. A review of any of these decisions or orders could be done on the NEB’s own motion, due to new information from Trans Mountain, or an application for review.
A public comment period was held from June 21 – July 9, 2019, where affected parties, the company and the public were invited to provide input on the NEB’s proposed approach to resuming regulatory processes for the Project, including any proposed alternatives.
In consideration of the comments received, this decision sets out how all regulatory processes for the Project will move forward. Written reasons for the NEB’s decision will follow and will be shared publicly. The NEB will also continue to keep Canadians informed as processes resume and next steps for the Project begin.
Learn more about Detailed Route Processes
Learn more about Condition Compliance
On December 16, 2013, Trans Mountain submitted an application [Folder 2392873] to the National Energy Board (NEB) for the Trans Mountain Expansion project (the Project).
The Project includes:
- Pipeline facilities that complete a twinning of the existing 1147 km Trans Mountain pipeline system in Alberta and British Columbia, with about 981 km of new buried pipeline;
- New and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks;
- Additional tanker loading facilities at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby;
- Reactivation of 193 km of pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby; and
- Increasing Trans Mountain’s shipping capacity from 300,000 bbl/d to 890,000 bbl/d
Some temporary infrastructure, such as access roads, a worker camp, stockpile sites and contractor staging areas would also be required during construction.
The Project represents an expansion of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system (i.e., most of the new pipeline will be adjacent to the existing pipeline or along existing corridors). The typical width of the construction Right of Way would be 45 m, including 12 m of permanent easement.
During the NEB's review of this Project, all evidence, letters of comment, Board decisions and other relevant documents must be filed with the NEB and placed on the online document repository. These documents are all accessible to the public and can be found here: [Folder 2392873].
- Transcripts for oral summary argument hearings [Folder 2498240]
- Archived video of oral summary argument on our website
Hearing Order OH-001-2014 [Filing A59503]
On September 20, 2018, the Government of Canada referred aspects of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) May 2016 recommendation report – related to the application of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and the Species at Risk Act to Project-related marine shipping – back to the NEB for reconsideration.
On February 22, 2019, The National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its Reconsideration Report to the Government of Canada, with an overall recommendation that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project) is in the Canadian public interest and should be approved.
The NEB imposed 156 conditions on the Project and made 16 new recommendations to the Government of Canada. The recommendations relate to matters that fall outside of the NEB’s regulatory mandate, but within the authority of the Government of Canada.
On June 18, 2019, Governor in Council directed the NEB to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Project.
- News Release
- Introduction and Disposition (an excerpt from the Reconsideration Report)
- Reconsideration Report Conditions and Recommendations Overview
- Reconsideration Process and Hearing
- Reconsideration report video
On May 19, 2016, the NEB issued a report recommending that the Governor in Council approve the Trans Mountain Expansion project, subject to 157 conditions. You can read the full Recommendation Report here [Filing A77045]. For more information on the 157 conditions imposed on the Project, visit the Trans Mountain Expansion Project: Conditions and Requirements webpage.
On 29 November 2016, Governor in Council directed the NEB to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Trans Mountain Expansion project.
- Summary of Recommendation Report
- Key milestones for Trans Mountain Expansion project review
- Backgrounder: By the Numbers
- Backgrounder: Testing of evidence at the NEB
- Backgrounder: Environmental Assessment
Government of Canada Reports Related to the Project
In addition to the NEB Recommendation Report, the Government of Canada conducted reviews of the Trans Mountain Expansion project
- Natural Resources Canada – Ministerial Panel Report [PDF]
- Natural Resources Canada – Online Questionnaire Report [PDF]
- Major Projects Management Office – Crown Consultation and Accommodation Report [PDF]
- Environment and Climate Change Canada – Review of Related Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimates [PDF]
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