Project Background & the Hearing Process
Important update on regulatory oversight of the Trans Mountain Expansion project
On August 30, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) released a decision that quashed the Order in Council approving the Trans Mountain Expansion project, and nullified the Certificate issued by the National Energy Board (NEB) for the Project. In the absence of the Certificate, the NEB expects that Trans Mountain will safely cease all construction activity in a manner that minimizes environmental impact. The NEB will actively monitor Trans Mountain’s actions, and take any necessary steps to ensure Trans Mountain safely and securely halts construction. As a result of the FCA’s decision, all ongoing NEB processes directly related to the Trans Mountain Expansion project, including consideration of condition compliance filings, Right of Entry applications and detailed route hearing processes, will cease.
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]
NEB Recommendation Report
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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