The Government of Canada received the National Energy Board’s recommendation report on May 19, 2016, for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, which recommends approval of the project, with 157 conditions. As a next step, the Government of Canada will seek input from the Ministerial Panel and consult with Indigenous peoples who will be impacted along the pipeline route. The Federal Government will also consider the National Energy Board’s recommendation report prior to making a final decision, which is expected to take place on or before December 19, 2016.
For more information, read the news release and visit the National Energy Board’s website.
On December 16, 2013, Kinder Morgan filed a Facilities Application with the National Energy Board for the proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. Kinder Morgan is proposing to expand the current Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the Westridge Terminal on Burrard Inlet in Burnaby, BC.
If approved, the expansion would twin the existing pipeline, and would increase the capacity of the system from 300,000 barrels of oil per day to 890,000 barrels of oil per day. This would also result in a potential increase in marine traffic from 5 to 34 oil tankers per month calling upon the Westridge Terminal. The shipping lane that vessels use to reach the Westridge Terminal in Burrard Inlet at its closest point is approximately 10 kilometres from Delta’s Brunswick Point dike.
The review of the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion project includes an Environmental and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment and a Hearing process. The requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act are addressed through the National Energy Board process. A 15,000 page application was submitted in early 2014.
Delta has submitted a number of comments on the proposal primarily related to concerns regarding spill response from a tanker spill or pipeline spill that could potentially impact Delta’s marine and estuarine areas.
Reports and Related Documents
National Energy Board - Trans Mountain Pipeline Project
For any questions on Delta's involvement, please contact:
Mike Brotherston, Manager of Climate Action & Environment