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Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project - Latest News

November 29, 2016 – The Government of Canada announced its approval for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, subject to 157 conditions. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada’s news release.

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To learn more about the Project, the Project review process and the City of Port Moody's participation in the Project's review process, please review the links below:

Project Overview
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a proposal to expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, AB and Burnaby, BC (Figure 1Figure 2). It would include approximately 987 km of new pipeline, new and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks, and the reactivation of 193 km of existing pipeline. The Westridge Marine Terminal located in Burnaby would also be expanded.

Project Review Process 
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is being reviewed by the National Energy Board (NEB or Board) in accordance with the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act). Established in 1959, the NEB is the federal agency responsible for regulating the construction and operation of some interprovincial and international pipelines and power lines.

A three-member panel, representing the board, is reviewing the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The board will prepare a report and make a recommendation to the Governor in Council as to whether or not the Project should proceed and, if so, under what conditions. Even if it recommends that the Project should not proceed, the board must provide conditions for any potential approval by the Governor in Council. The Board has 15 months to complete its review, the maximum time allotted to complete the review subject to any modifications allowed under the NEB Act. After receiving the recommendation from the NEB, the Governor in Council has three months to make a decision.

An Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA) and a public hearing are required as part of the NEB review process. The ESA, prepared by Trans Mountain, is provided in the application by Trans Mountain to NEB and is available on the NEB webpage.

The public hearing is a quasi-judicial process and to participate in the hearing, interested parties needed to apply to the NEB to participate as either intervenors or as commenters by February 12, 2014. More than 2100 individuals and groups submitted applications to participate in the hearing process for the Project. The NEB determined that 400 applicants could participate as intervenors and 1250 as commenters.

City of Port Moody’s Participation in the Hearing Process 

Intervenor Status
The City of Port Moody applied to participate in the NEB hearing process on February 11, 2011, and was granted intervenor status on April 2, 2014. As an intervenor, the City can participate in the hearing by:

  • submitting Information Requests (IRs);
  • submitting Notices of Motions;
  • submitting Written Evidence;
  • commenting on Draft Conditions; and
  • presenting Arguments during Oral Hearings.

View a diagram that illustrates the timelines and input opportunities for the City and other intervenors during the hearing process for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

Actions to Date 
On May 12, the City submitted its first Information Request to Trans Mountain. The following table provides a summary of actions taken by the City to-date. The City will continue to provide updates about its participation throughout the hearing process via updates to the table below.

February 11, 2014 Council endorsed to seek intervenor status in the NEB hearing process for the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Minutes of Council Meeting (January 27, 2014)
April 2, 2014 City was granted intervenor status by the National Energy Board NEB Ruling of Participation
April 22, 2014

Council endorsed

  • to submit a notice of motion to the National Energy Board seeking amendments to the hearing process;
  • to participate in the first round of Information Requests; and
  • to hold a town hall meeting on June 25, 2014.
Minutes of Council Meeting (April 22, 2014)
May 12, 2014 City submitted its first Information Request to Trans Mountain Information Request No.1
June 4, 2014 City received the response from Trans Mountain on its first Information Requests (submitted May 12, 2014) Response to Information Request No.1

Attachment 1 of Response
June 25, 2014 City hosted a Town Hall Meeting on the Project. An online form was available for public to submit proposed questions and provide general comments from June 23rd, 2014 to July 18th, 2014. Town Hall Meeting page and video
July 4, 2014 City responded to the National Energy Board regarding the adequacy of Trans Mountain's response to the City's Information Request No. 1. Letter to NEB on IR No.1 Response Adequacy
September 9, 2014 Council received update on the changes to the hearing process for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project proposal and passed resolution to not submit a Notice of Motion as previously identified given the changes made to the hearing process. Minutes of Council Meeting (September 9, 2014)

December 16, 2014

City submitted a Letter of Support to the National Energy Board regarding the Province of British Columbia’s second Notice of Motion dated December 5, 2014 

Letter of Support to NEB on BC’s Motion #2

January 15, 2015

City submitted its second Information Request to Trans Mountain. 

Information Request No. 2

February 18, 2015  City submitted its third Information Request (TERMPOL) to Trans Mountain Information Request No.3 (TERMPOL)
February 18, 2015  City received the response from Trans Mountain on its second Information Requests (submitted on January 15, 2015) Response to Information Request No.2
February 26, 2015 City submitted a Notice of Motion regarding the adequacy of Trans Mountain’s response to City’s Information Request No.2 Notice of Motion regarding Response to City’s IR No.2
March 12, 2015  City received Trans Mountain’s response on the City’s Notice of Motion regarding the adequacy of Trans Mountain’s response to City’s Information Request No.2 (submitted on February 26, 2015) Trans Mountain Response to City's IR 2 Adequacy Motion
March 16, 2015 City submitted a reply to Trans Mountain’s response to the City’s Notice of Motion regarding the adequacy of Trans Mountain’s response to City’s Information Request No.2  Reply to Trans Mountain’s Response on the City’s Notice of Motion regarding Response to City’s IR No.2
March 17, 2015 City received the response from Trans Mountain on its third Information Requests (TERMPOL, submitted on February 18, 2015) Response to Information Request No.3 (TERMPOL)
March 24, 2015 City submitted a Notice of Motion regarding the adequacy of Trans Mountain’s response to City’s Information Request No.3 (TERMPOL)

Notice of Motion regarding Response to City’s IR No.3 (TERMPOL)

 

April 7, 2015 City received the response on the City’s Notice of Motion regarding the adequacy of Trans Mountain’s response to City’s third Information Requests (TERMPOL, submitted on February 18, 2015) Trans Mountain Response to City's IR 3 (TERMPOL) Adequacy Motion
April 13, 2015 City submitted a reply to Trans Mountain’s response to the City’s Notice of Motion regarding the adequacy of Trans Mountain’s response to City’s Information Request No.3 Reply to Trans Mountain’s response on the City’s Notice of Motion regarding Response to City’s IR No.3 (TERMPOL)

April 14, 2015

Council endorsed the resolution that the City continue to actively participate as an intervenor by submitting arguments and evidence into the hearing process. None
May 27, 2015
City submitted written evidences to the National Energy Board.
Evidence from the City of Port Moody
June 19, 2015  City submitted its Notice of Intent to provide oral summary argument for the TMEP Review Process. Notice of Intent to Provide Oral Summary Argument
July 9, 2015  City submitted affidavits for testimonies submitted as evidence. Affidavits for Testimonies submitted by the City of Port Moody
January 12, 2016  City submitted final written argument to the National Energy Board  Final Argument from the City of Port Moody
January 21, 2016  City presented its final oral summary arguments before the National Energy Board.  Video of Oral Hearing on January 21, 2016

February 17, 2016  

Trans Mountain submitted its reply argument to written and oral arguments submitted by intervenors, including the City of Port Moody. Reply argument submitted by Trans Mountain

August 19, 2016  

City presented its comments on the Project to the TMX Ministerial Panel at the Local Government Roundtable Session in North Vancouver.  None

Sept 30, 2016  

City submitted its final written comments on the Project to the TMX Ministerial Panel. Written Comments to the TMX Ministerial Panel from the City of Port Moody

Next Steps 

The City has completed its participation in the National Energy Board’s Hearing Process and the Federal Ministerial Panel’s engagement process for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

Links to Oral Hearing

Oral hearings presented by intervenors began on January 19,2016 and concluded on February 5th, 2015. Complete listing of scheduled oral summary arguments can be found at: Oral Summary Argument Schedule. The City of Port Moody presented its oral summary on January 21, 2016.

Oral Summary Arguments by Intervenors

Ministerial Panel Engagement Process

The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (TMX) Ministerial Panel has been tasked by the Minister of Natural Resources with engaging local communities and Indigenous peoples and with reviewing feedback about the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. New engagement opportunities were established during the summer of 2016 for the Ministerial Panel to gather feedback on the proposed Project from the Canadian public.

The Ministerial Panel completed its engagement activities and a summary of their meetings can be found here. The City participated in the engagement activities and submitted written comments to the Panel. A copy of the City’s submissions can be found here.

The Panel has completed a report of their findings to the Minister of Natural Resources, which can be assessed here. For questions about the Ministerial Panel’s stakeholder engagement opportunities, please contact the Stakeholder Engagement Unit of Natural Resources Canada.

Government of Canada’s Final Decision
On November 29, 2016, the Government of Canada announced its approval for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, subject to 157 conditions. Please find more information through the Government’s news release and website.

Trans Mountain expects to begin construction of the project in September 2017, with an in-service date for the twinned pipeline expected in late 2019.

For More Information 
For questions about the NEB, including the hearing process for the Project, please contact:

National Energy Board
NEB website
Email: transmountainpipeline.hearing@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265. 

Trans Mountain Pipelines
Trans Mountain website
Kinder Morgan Canada website
 

Email: info@transmountain.com
Telephone: 1-866-514-6700

For more information about the Ministerial Panel’s stakeholder engagement opportunities, please contact:

Natural Resources Canada 
Natural Resources Canada website
Email: Stakeholder Engagement Unit of Natural Resources Canada -

 

Project Maps

Figure 1. Map of Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project 

 pipeline map

Figure 2. Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Corridor in Proximity to Port Moody

Burnaby map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional resources - PoMo green

  • Reply to Trans Mountain’s response on the City’s Notice of Motion regarding Response to City’s IR No.3 (TERMPOL)
  • Trans Mountain Response to City's IR 3 (TERMPOL) Adequacy Motion
  • Notice of Motion regarding Response to City’s IR No.3 (TERMPOL)
  • Trans Mountain's Response to City's IR No.3 (TERMPOL)
  • Reply to Trans Mountain’s Response on the City’s Notice of Motion regarding Response to City’s IR No.2
  • Trans Mountain Response to City's IR 2 Adequacy Motion
  • Information Request No.3 (TERMPOL)
  • Notice of Motion regarding Response to City's IR No.2
  • Response to Information Request No.2 
  • The City of Port Moody (City) Information Request No. 1 to Trans Mountain
  • Letter of Support to NEB on BC’s Motion #2
  • Town Hall Meeting (with video)
  • Hearing Process flow chart 
  • Trans Mountain Response to Information Request No. 1
  • Attachment of Response
  • Letter to NEB on IR No. 1 Response Adequacy
  • Final Argument from the City of Port Moody
  • Trans Mountain reply argument
  • Written Comments to the TMX Ministerial Panel from the City of Port Moody


  • Last updated: 30/11/2016 9:06:17 AM