Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC – Trans Mountain Expansion

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Before Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) can begin construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), there are a number of steps that must be completed.

The NEB included 157 conditions on the TMEP, which must be met throughout the lifecycle of the project. You can find the full list of conditions for the TMEP in Appendix 3 (Conditions Applied to Legal Instruments) of the NEB's Recommendation Report [Filing A77045].

Most conditions require Trans Mountain to file documentation with the NEB to demonstrate compliance. In some cases, the NEB will review and approve the documentation before Trans Mountain can move forward. You can see these documents and any related NEB correspondence here [Folder 2981674]. For more information on condition compliance for the TMEP see the Condition compliance information.

Trans Mountain must also file its plans for the detailed route of the TMEP, and follow a process, which was approved by the Board, to let all impacted landowners know about these plans ahead of time. For more information, see the Detailed Route Approval Process information.

Timelines for Regulatory Oversight

Trans Mountain Expansion Regulatory Oversight Process Timeline

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Project Map

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Configuration Map

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Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Conditions and Requirements

Latest Updates

  • September 28, 2017 – NEB issues monthly update on status of Trans Mountain condition compliance filings [Filing A86353]
  • September 28, 2017 – Fish spawning deterrents update
  • September 22, 2017 – NEB directs company to discontinue installation of fish spawning deterrent mats. [Filing A86239]
  • August 30, 2017 – Trans Mountain clears all applicable NEB pre-construction conditions for the Westridge Marine Terminal [Filing A85729]

What’s Next

  • The NEB expects Trans Mountain to continue submitting documents related to the conditions that must be met before the company can commence construction.

Interactive conditions tool

Follow Trans Mountain’s progress towards meeting all 157 Project Conditions on the NEB’s interactive conditions tool.

Background Information

While Trans Mountain has received approvals / authorizations from the NEB to move forward with this Project, there are a number of steps that must be completed before construction can begin.

The NEB has attached 157 conditions to the authorizations. You can find the full list of conditions for this Project in Appendix 3 (Conditions Applied to authorizations) of the NEB's Recommendation Report [Filing A77045] on the Project.

Most of the conditions attached to the authorizations require Trans Mountain to file documentation with the NEB to demonstrate compliance. In some cases, the NEB will need to review and approve the documentation before Trans Mountain can move forward.

You can review all company documents and any related NEB correspondence here [Folder 2981674].

Additional Resources

FAQs: Condition Compliance – Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Detailed Route Approval Process

Latest Updates

  • November 16, 2017 – Hearing Order for Segment 3 and Segment 4 released [Filing A87886]
  • November 15, 2017 – Letter on Advance on Costs for Participation in Segment 7 [Filing A87820]
  • November 14, 2017 – List of Participants for Segment 7 released [Filing A87793]
  • November 3, 2017 – Letter on Advance on Costs for Participation in Segment 1 and Segment 2 released [Filing A87558]
  • October 4, 2017 – Hearing Order for Segment 7 released [Filing A86549]
  • October 3, 2017 – List of Participants for Segment 1 and Segment 2 released [Filing A86481]
  • August 31, 2017 – Hearing Order for Segment 1 and Segment 2 released [Filing A85764]

Oral Hearing Schedule

Schedules are subject to change – please check back regularly.

Hearing

Segment 1 and 2 – Hinton, AB
Date Times Landowner or Affected Person Hearing Order Number
20 November 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am Janet and Lyle Russel MH-025-2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm    
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm    
21 November 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am    
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Dale and Lorna Plummer MH-023-2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm    
22 November 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am    
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm    
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm    
Segment 1 and 2 – Edson, AB
Date Times Landowner or Affected Person Hearing Order Number
24 November 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am Shawn Berry MH-007-2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Stuart Palk and Wendy Bailer-Palk MH-018-2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Cribb Construction MH-010-2017
25 November 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm John Homeniuk MH-015-2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm    
27 November 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am Erich Ploentzke MH-022-2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tom and Lucille Booker MH-008-2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Gerald Stroud MH-030-2017
28 November 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am Tim Gylander MH-013-2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Calvin and Susan Shantz MH-027-2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Jesse Smith MH-028-2017
29 November 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am Lynn Petrin MH-020-2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mountain Cree MH-004-2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Rainbow Beach Development MH-024-2017
Segment 1 and 2 – Spruce Grove, AB
Date Times Landowner or Affected Person Hearing Order Number
1 December 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am Keelan Petterson
Diane Murray
Javier Sarango
Victoria Maitland and John Gordon McKay
MH-019-2017
MH-017-2017
MH-026-2017
MH-060-2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Blaine Wild MH-003-2017
2 December 2017 8:30 am – 11:30 am Sharon McGuire MH-016-2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trudy Challborn MH-009-2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited MH-029-2017

NEB Procedural Updates

  • Procedural Update No. 1 – Segments 1 and 2 – Advancements of Costs for Segment 1 and Segment 2 [Filing A86218]
  • Procedural Update No. 1 – Segments 3 through 7 – Advancements of Costs for Segments 3 through 7 [Filing A86537]
  • Procedural Update No. 2 – Segments 1 and 2 – Site Visits [Filing A87052]
  • Procedural Update No. 3 – Segments 1 and 2 – Oral Hearing Dates and Registration [Filing A87485]
  • Procedural Update No. 4 – Segments 1 and 2 – Oral Hearing Dates and Registration [Filing A87804]
  • All procedural updates and other regulatory documents can be found in the detailed route hearing folders on the Board’s RegDocs site [Folder 2392873]. Please select the link to the appropriate segment and then click on the relevant hearing to locate these documents.

Background Information

  • Trans Mountain must seek approvals for the TMEP detailed route.
  • People who anticipate that their lands may be adversely affected by the proposed detailed route of a pipeline, whether their lands are directly on the pipeline route or not, were able to file statements of opposition based on the location of the pipeline or facility, or the methods of timing or construction.
  • Statements of opposition were required to be filed with the NEB within 30 days of receiving notice
  • A written statement of opposition must be made in good faith and cannot just be an opposition to the TMEP itself or about the amount of compensation.
  • The NEB can approve portions of the route that did not receive any statements of opposition
  • The company cannot begin construction activities until land rights are acquired, the route is approved, and the drawings are deposited at the registry of deeds or land titles office.
  • The NEB will hold hearings for landowners and affected persons who filed valid statements of opposition

For general information on the Detailed Route Approval Process, please visit Chapter 4 of the NEB’s Landowners Guide.

Project Info and What’s Next

Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) has filed the Plan, Profile and Book of Reference (PPBoR) for all segments of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP). A “plan and profile” is a detailed drawing of the pipeline as seen from above (aerial view) and from the side (profile view) showing the exact proposed location of the pipeline. The “book of reference” identifies the lands, provides the names of the landowners and land occupants, and shows the dimensions (length, width and total area) of the right-of-way required for the pipeline.

Trans Mountain published notices in local newspapers along the route and served written notice to landowners whose lands are proposed to be crossed by each segment of the route. These notices and publications included maps and a list of the lands proposed to be crossed by the pipeline. They also explained how to file statements of opposition (SOOs) to the proposed detailed route with the Board. When Trans Mountain’s last notice has was published on 6 June 2017, a 30-day period began in which SOOs were to be filed with the Board. See Appendix 1 in A83736-1 [Document 3268447] for a list of publications and publication dates.

Detailed route hearings are being held for those Landowners or Affected Persons who filed statements of opposition that met the requirements of the NEB Act. Oral hearings for Segment 1 and Segment 2 are scheduled for 20 November to December 2, 2017. (See schedule posted above) Oral hearings will be scheduled for Segments 3 through 7 once a determination has been made.

The NEB may approve the PPBoR for those segments of the proposed detailed route that do not have any filed statements of opposition. Prior to beginning construction in these areas, the company must satisfy all applicable NEB pre-construction conditions. Canadians can monitor Trans Mountain’s condition compliance through the NEB’s interactive condition compliance tracker.

Detailed Route Hearings

For each segment of the TMEP, a Letter of Decision outlining who will and who will not receive a hearing for those segments will be released.

A Hearing Order for each segment of the detailed route will also be released. Each detailed route hearing will be given its own number. To find your individual Hearing Order number, refer to page ii of the Hearing Order document. Appendix II of the Hearing Order also contains the names of all persons who will be receiving a hearing in the respective segment.

As outlined in section 2 of the Hearing Order, there will be an opportunity for persons to apply to participate in the detailed route hearings as a Commenter or Intervenor. View Application to Participate below for more information on how to participate in a detailed route hearing.

Trans Mountain must serve a copy of each Hearing Order on all persons listed in Appendices II and III, and provide to Aboriginal persons those same documents. Trans Mountain must also publish the Notice of the detailed route hearings for each segment in local newspapers.

The Hearing Order also explains all steps and deadlines, procedures, and where you can get more information. For a timetable with regards to applying to participate, the issuance of the List of Participants, and other filing deadlines, refer to the Appendix VIII of the Hearing Order.

Detailed Route Hearings for Segment 1 and Segment 2

The Letter of Decision for Segment 1 and Segment 2 of the detailed route was released on 31 August 2017. It outlines who will and who will not receive a hearing for those segments of the TMEP.

The Hearing Order for Segment 1 and Segment 2 of the detailed route was also released on 31 August 2017. There will be one hearing for Segment 1 and 23 hearings for Segment 2. Links to each individual detailed route hearing for Segment 1 and Segment 2 are available on RegDocs [Folder 3325395].

The List of Participants for Segment 1 and Segment 2 of the detailed route was released on 3 October 2017. The List of Participants includes information about how each Participant wishes to be served with documents.

Trans Mountain filed reply evidence on 14 November 2017.

Process Update 4 [Filing A87804] for Segment 1 and Segemnt 2 of the detailed route was released on 14 November 2017. It provided the hearing dates and locations and included information to be filed by Landowners, Affected Persons, and Trans Mountain to the Board by 4:00 pm (Mountain Time) on 17 November 2017.

For next steps, Landowners and Affected Persons must filed the Cross-Examination Form and Exhibit List Form, as described in Procedural Update 4. The oral hearing portion of the detailed route hearings for Segment 1 and Segment 2 will begin on 20 November 2017 in Hinton, AB. Process Update 4 confirms the time and venues.

Detailed Route Hearings for Segment 7

The Letter of Decision for Segment 7 of the detailed route was released on 4 October 2017. It outlines who will and who will not receive a hearing for this segment of the TMEP.

The Hearing Order for Segment 7 of the detailed route was also released on 4 October 2017. There will be 26 hearings for Segment 7. Links to each individual detailed route hearing for Segment 7 are available on RegDocs [Folder 3332963].

The List of Participants for Segment 7 of the detailed route was released on 14 November 2017. The List of Participants includes information about how each Participant wishes to be served with documents.

For the next steps, Trans Mountain must serve a copy of the Proposed Route Application and all related documents on all Participants. Further, Trans Mountain must also file any additional written evidence to supplement its Proposed Route Application, by 21 November 2017. It must also serve a copy on all Participants.

Landowners, Affected Persons and Intervenors (Participants) who want to file evidence must file their written evidence with the Board serve a copy on all Participants by noon Mountain Time on 12 December 2017.

As outlined in Section 4.9 of the Hearing Order, the oral portion for the detailed route hearings for Segment 7 will begin in January 2018 in Burnaby, BC. The Board will confirm the date, time and venues in a procedural update which will be sent to all Participants.

Detailed Route Hearings for Segment 3 and Segment 4

The Letter of Decision for Segment 3 and Segment 4 of the detailed route was released on 16 November 2017. It outlines who will and who will not receive a hearing for this segment of the TMEP.

The Hearing Order for Segment 3 and Segment 4 of the detailed route was also released on 16 November 2017. There will be seven hearings for Segment 3 and 13 hearings for Segment 4. Links to each individual detailed route hearing for Segment 3 and Segment 4 are available on RegDocs [Folder ######].

For next steps, Trans Mountain must serve a copy of the Hearing Order on all persons listed in Appendix II, and provide Aboriginal persons those same documents. Trans Mountain must also publish the Notice of the detailed route hearings for Segment 3 and Segment 4 in local newspapers by 28 November 2018.

As outlined in section 2 of the Hearing Order, there will be an opportunity for persons to apply to participate in the detailed route hearings as a Commenter or Intervenor. View Application to Participate below for more information on how to participate in a detailed route hearing.

Detailed Route Hearings for Segment 5 and Segment 6

The Board will deal with the statements of opposition for Segment 5 and Segment 6 in due course and determine if detailed route hearings are warranted, and if so, will issue separate or combined hearing orders.

Segment Maps

Trans Mountain has filed individual PPBoRs for all segments. You can access all individual segment maps on the maps index

Maps index

Application to Participate

Section 3 of the Hearing Order provides more details on how to apply to participate in a detailed route hearing.

Registration for Landowners and Affected Persons

Landowners and Affected Persons who have been granted a detailed route hearing must still register through the Board’s Application to Participate portal. Although participation is guaranteed for their specific detailed route hearing, use of the Participation Portal throughout the hearing will assist in efficiently filing evidence and receiving information. If assistance is required, you may contact a Process Advisor.

How to Apply to be a Commenter or Intervenor

There is an opportunity for persons to apply to participate in the detailed route hearings as a Commenter or Intervenor. If you want to participate in more than one detailed route hearing, you must apply for each one separately. The Board will determine who may participate in each of the detailed route hearings. If you wish to participate, you must submit an Application to Participate using the Board’s Participation Portal.

Your application must set out which detailed route hearing you are applying to participate in, and describe with some detail how your participation will assist the Board in making its decision. You must describe:

  1. Which property or statement of opposition as set out in Appendix II you intend to speak to at the detailed route hearing;
  2. Your specific knowledge of and information about the land that is the subject of the specific detailed route hearing you are asking to participate in;
  3. The source of your knowledge and information (for example, neighbour; proximity to the land subject to the detailed route hearing; a municipality in which the land is situate; a corporation; and Aboriginal person or community);
  4. Your qualifications (for example, specialist knowledge and experience);
  5. The extent to which your knowledge and information relates to the land which is the subject of the hearing (for example, previous and current experience on or with the land);
  6. What supplementary information you may provide (for example, detailed drawings; pictures; maps)
  7. How your participation will add value to, or assist the Board in making its decision.
  8. The official language in which you wish to be heard.

It is important that the information you provide be as complete as possible. The Board will only consider the information provided in your application to participate. An incomplete application to participate that is missing the information as noted above could result in you not being granted permission to participate in the hearing.

Segment 1 and Segment 2 – The window to apply to participate for Segment 1 and Segment 2 closed on 21 September 2017.

Segment 7 – The window to apply to participate for Segment 7 closed on 31 October 2017.

Segment 3 and Segment 4 – You must file your Application to Participate form before 11 am Pacific Time (noon Mountain Time) on 14 December 2017. If you require assistance please refer to the Hearing Order or contact a Process Advisor.

Apply to Participate

Online Information Sessions

During an online information session, Board staff will provide information about the detailed route hearing process and how to participate in it. Board members will not be present.

Information sessions related to Segment 3 and Segment 4 of TMEP will be held at 3:00 pm Pacific Time (4:00 pm Mountain Time) on Thursday, December 7th. This information session will be about how to apply to participate . We will provide a weblink at a later date. Additional online information sessions can be provided upon request by contacting the Process Advisor.

Information sessions related to Segment 7 of TMEP will be held at 7:00 pm Pacific Time (8:00 pm Mountain Time) on Tuesday, December 5th and at 3:00 pm Pacific Time (4:00 pm Mountain Time) on Wednesday, December 6th. This information session will be about how to participate in a detailed route hearing. We will provide a weblink at a later date. Additional online information sessions can be provided upon request by contacting the Process Advisor.

For any questions regarding the online information sessions, please check our website or contact the Process Advisor.

List of Issues

The issues that will be considered in each of the detailed route hearings are limited to those listed in the Hearing Order. These issues are:

  1. The best possible detailed route of the pipeline;
  2. The most appropriate method of constructing the pipeline; and
  3. The most appropriate timing of constructing the pipeline.

The Board will not reconsider matters that were addressed in the certificate hearing, such as the need for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Costs

Following the conclusion of each detailed route hearing and pursuant to section 53 of the National Energy Board Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1995, the Landowner or Affected Person, and Intervenors may seek reimbursement of costs. Along with your claim, you must provide receipts showing:

  • the amount of the actual costs;
  • to whom they are owed; and
  • the reasons those costs were incurred.

This information shall be sent by registered mail to the Board and Trans Mountain.

If you and Trans Mountain do not agree on the amount of the costs that you claim, you can ask the NEB to determine the amount. For more information or for assistance, please contact a Process Advisor.

Advance costs will be made available. A separate Board Member (in accordance with section 14 of the NEB Act) has been authorized to make decisions regarding the process and eligibility for individuals and groups to request advance costs.

A letter on the advance of costs for participation in detailed route hearings for Segment 1 and Segment 2 was released on 3 November 2017 [Filing A87558], and a letter for Segment 7 was released on 15 November 2017 [Filing A87820]. They outline the criteria and the process for applying for advance costs.  Letters related to Segments 3 through 6 will be released in due course.

Statement of Opposition

Unless you are a landowner who has been recently served, the comment period for providing a statement of opposition has passed. If you are a landowner or affected person who was unable to provide a statement of opposition during the comment period, please contact a Process Advisor.

If you want to oppose the proposed detailed route you must file a written statement of opposition with the NEB. The A statement of opposition must state include:

  • your interest in the lands that will be crossed or adversely affected by the proposed route; and
  • your reasons for opposing the proposed detailed route which must focus only on  actual pipeline route location, methods of construction, and/or timing of construction of the pipeline.

Snapshot: Opposing the Detailed Route

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Landowners or Affected Persons, and Trans Mountain are encouraged to use the Board's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. An ADR process is uniquely tailored to individual needs and could take the form of a meeting between the Landowner or Affected Person, and Trans Mountain. To take advantage of ADR, both the Landowner or Affected Person, and Trans Mountain, must agree to take part. This process is voluntary and facilitated by trained Board staff, or by another neutral third party. The facilitator will assist those participating in ADR to develop a process that may help resolve issues related to the statement of opposition.

If you are interested in using a facilitated taking advantage of the Board’s ADR services, a session can be scheduled at a location and time agreeable to the Landowner or Affected Person, and Trans Mountain. For more information about ADR options, please email Lorna Patterson at ADR-MRD@neb-one.gc.ca or call 1-800-899-1265.

Additional information on ADR can be found in Chapter 10  of the NEB’s Landowner Guide.

Detailed Route Hearing Regulatory Documents

All regulatory documents (from Trans Mountain, the NEB, Landowners or Affected Persons, and other Intervenors and Commenters) can be found in the detailed route hearing folders on the Board’s RegDocs site.

To locate documents (such as procedural updates, evidence, statements of opposition, etc.) related to the detailed route process, please select the link to the appropriate route segment and then click on the relevant hearing.

Access documents [Folder 2392873]

Additional Resources

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Route Realignments

Background

On 19 May 2016, the National Energy Board (the Board) issued a report recommending that Governor in Council (GIC) approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), subject to 157 conditions. (A77045) On 29 November 2016, GIC directed the Board to issue Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity OC-64 (Certificate) approving TMEP. The Certificate approval included a general pipeline corridor for the TMEP. The Board is now in the process of considering applications pursuant to section 21 of the NEB Act, which request changes to that approved general pipeline corridor.

In early 2017, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) filed seven applications under section 21 of the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act) to vary the Certificate. Under section 21 of the NEB Act, a company may apply to the Board for a review or change to a decision that has already been made. In this case, Trans Mountain has requested a change to the general corridor approved for the TMEP.

A description of each of the seven route realignments applied for is summarized below. They are listed in the order the applications were received.

Summary of the Applications for Route Realignments

1) Edmonton ATCO Right of Way Route Realignment

On 17 February 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the ATCO Right of Way (RoW) Route Realignment [Folder 3311861]. If approved, the variance would include aligning the TMEP pipeline within 10 m adjacent to the recently built ATCO natural gas pipeline in the Edmonton Transportation/Utility Corridor. The total length of the realignment is 252 m and it parallels the ATCO pipeline. The reroute is approximately 12 m shorter than the approved pipeline corridor.

Edmonton ATCO Right of Way Route Realignment

2) Edmonton LRT Route Realignment

On 17 February 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the Edmonton LRT Route Realignment. [Folder 3311427] The realignment is 1.66 km and includes aligning the TMEP pipeline with the proposed LRT future expansion route. If approved, 45% of the route would parallel the LRT and 88% would parallel the existing ATCO pipeline. The first 100 m of the realignment does not parallel other linear infrastructure. The realignment is approximately 144 m longer than the previous route and will be located within the Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC).

Edmonton LRT Route Realignment

3) Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve Route Realignment

On 10 March 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve Route Realignment [Folder 3310984]. This portion of the route is located southeast of the Union Bar First Nation Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve No. 16. The realignment bypasses two existing private water wells by shifting the pipeline 12 m to the northeast. This moves the proposed realignment within the existing Trans Mountain pipeline (TMPL) RoW. If approved, a total of 21 m of pipeline would be installed outside of the approved corridor and the realignment reduces the overall pipeline length by 4 m.

The proposed realignment maintains a minimum 2.5 m buffer to the boundary of the Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve No. 16. The work area closest to the boundary is within the exiting TMPL RoW. The closest newest distance and clearing to the Kawkawa Lake IR No. 16 is 12 m from the Indian Reserve boundary.

Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve Route Realignment

4) Westsyde Road Route Realignment

On 10 March 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the Westsyde Road Route Realignment [Folder 3311532]. The route realignment avoids two residential properties on the east side of Westsyde Road by rerouting the pipeline crossing of Westsyde Road to a location that is 105 m south and outside of the approved corridor. The length of the pipeline outside the approved corridor is 89 m. The realignment increases the overall pipeline length by approximately 14 m while decreasing the overall construction footprint of the pipeline by 0.165 ha in the realignment segment.

Westsyde Road Route Realignment

5) Sumas Tank Farm Route Realignment

On 17 March 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the Sumas Tank Farm Route Realignment [Folder 3311096]. The variance goes through Trans Mountain’s Sumas Terminal following the existing feeder line. The realignment exits the terminal to the south through Trans Mountain's property back to the approved corridor. If approved, 50% of the realignment would parallel the existing TMPL and 63 % would be within Trans Mountain property. The realignment is 300 m longer than the approved corridor.

umas Tank Farm Route Realignment

6) ICBC Parking Lot Route Realignment

On 17 March 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the ICBC Parking Lot Route Realignment [Folder 3311646].  The variance is 403 m. If approved, 45% of the realignment would follow the existing TMPL and the ICBC parking lot. The realignment would have no net impact on the TMEP’s total length. It would result in 18 less highway/road and utility crossings compared to the approved route and will reduce the length of new pipeline in United Boulevard.

ICBC Parking Lot Route Realignment

7) Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment

On 27 March 2017, Trans Mountain filed an application for the Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment [Folder 3311313]. The approved corridor is within a BC Hydro corridor between 500 kV overhead transmission lines. The variance is 500 m shorter than the approved route and is located in the existing pipeline RoW. The realignment is outside of the approved corridor for approximately 1.8 km.

Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment

Request for Public Input

On 26 June 2017, the Board sent a letter to Trans Mountain for each of the applications noted above. The Board required Trans Mountain to serve a copy of the letter, and its appendices, on all persons consulted by Trans Mountain for the realignment applications. It also established a comment period with a deadline for comments from interested persons of 17 July 2017, and for Trans Mountain’s reply by 24 July 2017.

Copies of the letters are available on RegDocs in folder 3279648.

No comments were received for the Edmonton ATCO Right of Way Route Realignment, Edmonton LRT Route Realignment, Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve Route Realignment, Westsyde Road Route Realignment, and the Sumas Tank Farm Route Realignment.

A comment was received for the ICBC Parking Lot Route Realignment from the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (A84882). Trans Mountain provided a response to the comments (A85098).

Comments were also received from the WaterWealth Project (A84982) and the City of Chilliwack (A84975) (City). The City requested an extension, which was granted by the Board (A85196). Additional comments from the City (A85446) and reply from Trans Mountain (A85579) were provided on 14 and 21 August 2017 respectively.

Next Steps

The Board has begun its assessment of the applications and has asked information requests to the companies. It is continuing its review.

The Board determined a public hearing process for the Chilliwack Realignment. For more information, visit the Chilliwack Realignment project webpage.

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
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Hearing Process

Project Information

On 16 December 2013, Trans Mountain submitted an application [Folder 2392873] to the NEB for the Project.

The Project will include:

  • 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
  • Increase 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.

Project Map

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Configuration Map

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Hearing Documents

During the National Energy Board's review of this project, all evidence, letters of comment, Board decisions and other relevant documents must be filed with the National Energy Board and placed on the Board's online document repository. These documents are all accessible to the public and can be found here: [Folder 2392873].

NEB Recommendation Report

On 19 May 2016, the National Energy Board (NEB) issued a report recommending that Governor in Council (GIC) approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (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 please 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.

Government of Canada Reports Related to the Project

In addition to the NEB Recommendation Report, the Government of Canada conducted reviews into the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Archived News Releases

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Lifecycle

Lifecycle of an NEB-regulated pipeline

NEB Lifecycle Regulation

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NEB Oversight

The NEB uses Compliance Verification Activities to observe and gather information about the state of compliance in a specific area of a company’s construction and operations activities, or to investigate whether companies are taking the appropriate preventive or corrective actions. Compliance Verification Activities include:

  • inspections (of facilities under construction or in operation)
  • emergency exercise evaluations
  • emergency procedures manuals reviews
  • formal compliance meetings (to check the progress of programs or corrective actions)
  • management system audits
  • reviews of post-construction monitoring reports

These activities are designed to determine if legislation and regulatory expectations are being followed, to assess if enforcement is required, and to provide feedback to a company. If a noncompliance is noted, follow-up is undertaken to verify corrective actions have been put in place and to apply appropriate enforcement actions if necessary.

The Lifecycle Approach

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Trans Mountain operations and maintenance activities

As part of ongoing oversight of pipelines, companies are required to submit Operations and Maintenance Notifications, if they meet certain criteria (such as working near bodies of water). Trans Mountain ULC Operations and Maintenance Notifications can be found in the Regulatory Document Index [Folder 552813].

NEB Compliance and Enforcement

The National Energy Board is committed to providing information on the safety of the pipelines and facilities it regulates, including information on its compliance and enforcement actions.

We have a number of tools that we use to ensure that the companies that we regulate are meeting their commitments. The NEB uses Compliance Verification Activities to observe and gather information about the state of compliance in a specific area of a company’s operations, or to investigate whether companies are taking the appropriate preventive or corrective actions. Compliance Verification Activities include:

  • inspections (of facilities under construction or in operation)
  • emergency exercise evaluations
  • emergency procedures manuals reviews
  • formal compliance meetings (to check the progress of programs or corrective actions)
  • management system audits
  • reviews of post-construction monitoring reports

These activities are designed to determine if legislation and expectations are being followed, to assess if enforcement is required, and to provide feedback to a company. If our staff see something that is not in compliance with our regulations, they follow-up to make sure that corrective actions have been put in place and apply appropriate enforcement actions if necessary.

Under the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR), companies must immediately notify the National Energy Board of any incident that relates to the construction, operation or abandonment of a pipeline.

As part of ongoing oversight of pipelines, companies are required to submit Operations and Maintenance Notifications, if they meet certain criteria (such as working near bodies of water). Operations and Maintenance Notifications, filed by Enbridge for all of its pipelines, can be found on our website.

Each year the NEB conducts more than 250 Compliance Verification Activities of regulated companies. These tools are effective in allowing the Board to proactively detect and correct non-compliances before they become issues.

In 2011, the NEB began proactively posting information on our compliance and enforcement activities with the goal of providing all relevant information in a manner that is clear and accessible.

Specifically, the NEB publishes in the table below:

  • NEB Inspection Reports (see Inspection Reports – Questions and Answers for more information);
  • NEB Audits of company operations;
  • Inspection Officer Orders;
  • Incident Investigation Reports published by the Board;
  • Information related to Administrative Monetary Penalties;
  • Board Orders (related to safety and environmental protection issues);
  • Board Letters or Directives (related to safety and environmental protection issues);
  • Corrective Action Plans related to the above; and
  • Other relevant documents, including any significant correspondence.

You can find information about our compliance and enforcement activities related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project below:

View Compliance table
Compliance Table
NEB Action Recipient Region/Facility Description Documents  (yyyy-mm-dd)
Emergency Response Exercise Evaluation Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Westridge Marine Terminal Full Scale – Exercise (2015) 2015-10-29
Exercise Evaluation
Compliance Verification Activity (CVA) Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Alberta Field Inspection – Integrity, 1516-164 2015-10-27
CVA Report
Letter and Administrative Monetary Penalty Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Edmonton (AB) Order XO-T260-009-2013 – Leave to Open Application 2014-04-14
Application for Leave to Open
Board Order Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Trans Mountain Pipeline NPS 24 Mainline – Liquids Leak 2013-08-02
Letter and Order
Inspection Officer Order BC Hydro Trans Mountain ULC and Westcoast Energy Inc. / Spectra Energy Transmission pipelines (BC) Unauthorized activities 2013-02-04
Letter and Inspection Officer Order
Inspection Officer Order Rokstad Power Corp. Trans Mountain pipeline (BC) Unauthorized activities 2013-02-04
Letter and Inspection Officer Order
Investigation Trans Mountain Pipeline Sumas Terminal, Abbotsford (BC) Crude oil leak 2012-11-22
Investigation Report

Archived News Releases

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

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