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Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC - Trans Mountain Expansion

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) is a proposal to expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, AB and Burnaby, BC. 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 would also be expanded.

New pipeline segments would be added between Edmonton and Hinton, AB, Hargreaves, BC and Darfield, BC and Black Pines, BC and Burnaby, BC.

Some existing, but currently deactivated pipeline segments between Hinton, AB and Hargraves, BC and Darfield and Black Pines, BC would be reactivated.

The key steps in the Board’s hearing process are detailed in the Hearing Order [Filing A59503], Released on 2 April 2014.

What's New

2014-08-25
We have recently made some changes to the Participant Funding Program for the Trans Mountain Project. Please take a look at our Fact Sheet to learn more.

2014-08-22
Aboriginal traditional evidence for Trans Mountain Project to begin on Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Due to cancellations, the NEB has rescheduled hearing oral traditional evidence for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project from Monday, 25 August 2014 to Wednesday, 27 August 2014 in Edmonton.
The hearings will begin at 9 am at the Edmonton Hotel & Convention Centre and the public is welcome to attend.

2014-08-05
Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC - Excluded Period
We have added some Frequently Asked Questions about the recently-announced excluded period for the Trans Mountain Expansion project.

2014-07-30
There have been some recent changes to the National Energy Board Panel that is considering the Trans Mountain Expansion Project application. On 13 June 2014, the Honourable Greg Rickford, the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, appointed Lyne Mercier as Vice-Chair of the National Energy Board. Given her new responsibilities, Ms. Mercier has stepped down from her role on the Trans Mountain Panel. Alternate Member Alison Scott has taken over for Ms. Mercier as the third Panel Member. You can read Ms. Scott’s biography on our website.

Project Map

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Configuration Map

This map provides an overview of the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

Trans Mountain has developed an interactive map which shows both the existing and proposed pipeline corridors and allows you to zoom in to the area that interests you. You can find this map on their website.

Project Application

The National Energy Board received an application for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project on 16 December 2013. You can find the application on our website [Folder 2392873], at the bottom of the page.

Hearing Updates

The NEB releases periodic email updates to keep you informed of the latest developments in the hearing. Past email updates are listed here:

Email update - 18 September 2013

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The National Energy Board recently announced that as part of its review of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, it would consider the potential environmental and socio-economic effects of marine shipping activities that would result from the proposed project, including the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions. The complete List of Issues is on the NEB website.

The National Energy Board's Filing Manual provides direction regarding the information the Board would typically expect to see addressed in an application. While many of these topics are also applicable to marine shipping activities, the Board has developed a set of Filing Requirements specific to the issue of the potential effects of marine shipping activities to complement the Filing Manual.

Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC should therefore consider both the Filing Manual and the Filing Requirements [Document A3K9I2] in developing its application.

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 7 November 2013

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Hi, The NEB will be holding online information sessions regarding the Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. At these sessions, NEB staff will provide information on the NEB hearing process, how to apply to participate, and participant funding. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. Although the sessions will be offered online, if you do not have a computer, you can dial a toll free number and listen to the presentation on the telephone.

To sign up for an information session, click here and choose the date and time that works for you. You can select 1 of 6 English sessions or a French session. More sessions will be scheduled if there is sufficient demand. The same information will be presented at each session.

You will receive the log-in details, presentation materials and some additional information a few days before the sessions begin. This will help you prepare for the session. If you have any questions please contact me by email at TransMountainPipeline.Hearing@neb-one.gc.ca or toll free at 1-800-899-1265.

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 8 January 2014

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Hello Everyone,

There are a few developments in the Trans Mountain Expansion Project that I wanted to bring to your attention. You may have seen the notice on our website announcing that we have received an application for the project. You can take a look at the application here. [Folder 2451003].

Our next step is to review the application to determine whether it is complete or whether we need more information from Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC, who is the applicant. We expect this phase to take 3-4 months. Once the Board determines that the application is complete, we will issue a Hearing Order which will provide more detailed information on the hearing process, including the list of parties to the hearing.

Our processes are designed so that the NEB is presented with relevant information from a wide range of views. This helps the NEB make fully-informed recommendations in the Canadian public interest.

We want to hear from those who are directly affected by this proposed project or from those who have relevant information or expertise to share. You may be allowed to participate in the NEB's hearing processes in various ways. Please see National Energy Board Hearing Process Handbook for more information. If you decide you would like to apply to participate in this hearing, we will be accepting applications in mid-January.

The Board has also appointed a Panel who will consider this application and make a recommendation to the federal government on whether or not it should be approved. The Panel is composed of Panel Chair David Hamilton, Lyne Mercier and Don Young. The Alternate Panel Member is Alison Scott, who will step in if one of the Panel Members is unable to continue.

If you have any questions about our hearing process or need assistance completing your Application to Participate, please contact Reny Chakkalakal at 1-800-899-1265 or by email at: transmountainpipeline.hearing@neb-one.gc.ca

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 14 January 2014

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As I mentioned in my last email update, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC filed an application [Folder 2451003] for its Expansion Project on 16 December 2013. The NEB will determine if the application is complete and if so, it will hold a public hearing.

Those who wish to participate in the hearing must apply to participate. If you would like to submit an application to participate, you must clearly describe your interest in relation to the List of Issues for the hearing, which is on our website and included in the application to participate. Those who are directly affected by the proposed project will be allowed to participate in the hearing and those with relevant information or expertise may be allowed to participate.

The application to participate process will open on 15 January and you can find the application form and guidance on the NEB's website here. Applications to participate in the hearing are due on or before noon (PST) on 12 February 2014. Individuals and groups applying to participate must provide enough information for the NEB to decide whether participant status should be granted.

Starting on 16 January, we will be hosting numerous online and teleconference training sessions for those interested in learning more about the application process. For more information about how to register for upcoming training dates and times, please click here.

We have also recently released three videos that provide an overview of the NEB, our hearing process and how to participate in a hearing, and our Participant Funding Program. I hope these are useful for you.

Trans Mountain ULC has until 19 February 2014 to provide the NEB with comments on the Application to Participate and must provide a copy of its comments to those to whom the comments apply. If you receive comments from Trans Mountain ULC about your Application to Participate, you have until 4 March 2014 to send the Board your response to Trans Mountain's comments.

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 10 February 2014

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The National Energy Board is accepting Applications to Participate in the Trans Mountain Expansion Project until 11:59 pm (MST) on Wednesday, 12 February. To help you complete your application, we have extended our hours of operation. Beginning on Monday, 10 February through to Wednesday, 12 February, our process advisors will be available from 8 am (MST) until 8:30 pm (MST). For Process Advisor support, please call 1-800-899-1265.

As I mentioned in my 14 January email update, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC filed an application [Folder 2451003] for its Expansion Project on 16 December 2013. The NEB will determine if the application is complete and if so, it will hold a public hearing.

Those who wish to participate in the hearing must apply to participate. If you would like to submit an application to participate, you must clearly describe your interest in relation to the List of Issues for the hearing, which is on our website and included in the application to participate. Those who are directly affected by the proposed project will be allowed to participate in the hearing and those with relevant information or expertise may be allowed to participate.

The application to participate process will open on 15 January and you can find the application form and guidance [Filing A56238] on the NEB's website here. Applications to participate in the hearing are due on or before 11:59 pm  MST on 12 February 2014. Individuals and groups applying to participate must provide enough information for the NEB to decide whether participant status should be granted.

Starting on 16 January, we will be hosting numerous online and teleconference training sessions for those interested in learning more about the application process. For more information about how to register for upcoming training dates and times, please click here.

We have also recently released three videos that provide an overview of the NEB, our hearing process and how to participate in a hearing, and our Participant Funding Program. I hope these are useful for you.

Trans Mountain ULC has until 19 February 2014 to provide the NEB with comments on the Application to Participate and must provide a copy of its comments to those to whom the comments apply. If you receive comments from Trans Mountain ULC about your Application to Participate, you have until 4 March 2014 to send the Board your response to Trans Mountain's comments.

Best regards,
Reny

You can sign up to receive these email updates here: transmountainpipeline.hearing@neb-one.gc.ca

You can learn more about the National Energy Board's hearing process here.

Participant Funding

The National Energy Board’s Participant Funding Program can help pay some of the costs for people or groups to participate in our hearings. For example, participant funding can be used to help with legal and expert fees, to help you to prepare, your evidence or contribute to the costs of travel, to attend the oral hearing. However, the Participant Funding Program is not intended to cover all of the costs that may be associated with participating in a hearing. The purpose of the program is to support participation in a hearing.

Funding must be used to prepare for and participate in the hearing process. Only intervenors in the hearing are eligible to receive participant funding.

The deadline for applying for participant funding has been moved to Friday, 28 November 2014. All applications for funding must be received by this date to be considered. Applications for participant funding received after 1 May 2014 will be reviewed and decisions provided after the deadline of 28 November 2014.

You can read more about Participant Funding for the Trans Mountain Expansion Program in our Fact Sheet.

If you have further questions about the Participant Funding Program and how to apply for funding, you can learn more on the NEB website in the Guide to the National Energy Board Participant Funding Program, or by contacting the Participant Funding Coordinator at PFP.PAFP@neb-one.gc.ca or toll-free at 1-800-899-1265.

List of Issues

The Board has decided on a list of 12 issues it will consider during the hearing process.

  1. The need for the proposed project.
  2. The economic feasibility of the proposed project.
  3. The potential commercial impacts of the proposed project.
  4. The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the proposed project, including any cumulative environmental effects that are likely to result from the project, including those required to be considered by the NEB's Filing Manual.
  5. The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of marine shipping activities that would result from the proposed Project, including the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions that may occur.
  6. The appropriateness of the general route and land requirements for the proposed project.
  7. The suitability of the design of the proposed project.
  8. The terms and conditions to be included in any approval the Board may issue.
  9. Potential impacts of the project on Aboriginal interests.
  10. Potential impacts of the project on landowners and land use.
  11. Contingency planning for spills, accidents or malfunctions, during construction and operation of the project.
  12. Safety and security during construction of the proposed project and operation of the project, including emergency response planning and third-party damage prevention.

The Board does not intend to consider the environmental and socio-economic effects associated with upstream activities, the development of oil sands, or the downstream use of the oil transported by the pipeline.

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. You can find these documents here [Folder 2392873].

Training & Presentations

The presentations from previous training sessions are listed below:

Videos

The National Energy Board has put together a few videos which explain our role, our hearing process and participation in a hearing and our Participant Funding Program.

You can find these videos here.

Media

News Releases

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E- mail: sarah.kiley@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-299-3302
Telephone: 403-292-4800
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact TransMountain

If you have questions about the project, including whether or not the pipeline could cross your property, please contact Trans Mountain Pipelines at 1-866-514-6700 or via email at info@transmountain.com

Contact Us

The NEB releases periodic email updates to keep you informed of the latest developments in the hearing. You can sign up to receive these email updates here: transmountainpipeline.hearing@neb-one.gc.ca

For questions about the NEB's hearing process, please contact:

Reny Chakkalakal
Process Advisor

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

For questions about the Participant Funding Program, please contact:

Participant Funding Coordinator
National Energy Board
E-mail: PFP.PAFP@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E- mail: sarah.kiley@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-299-3302
Telephone: 403-292-4800
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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Date Modified:
2014-08-25