Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC - Trans Mountain Expansion

The Project

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 Hargreaves, BC and Darfield and Black Pines, BC would be reactivated.

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. Should GIC approve the Project, it will order the NEB to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. You can read the full Recommendation Report here [Filing A77045].

What's New

This timeline provides a high level overview of the main activities of the review process. For more information about these initiatives, please see this backgrounder [PDF 161 KB].

Trans Mountain Expansin Project Status

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NEB Hearing Panel

The mandate of the NEB Hearing Panel was to prepare an evidence-based recommendation report on whether or not the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project) is in the Canadian public interest. On 19 May 2016, the NEB submitted the Project Recommendation Report [Filing A77045] to Governor in Council (GIC). As outlined in the Summary of Recommendation, the NEB recommended that GIC approve the Project, subject to 157 Conditions. The work of the hearing panel is now complete. The NEB’s Report is now with GIC, who will determine whether or not to approve the Project.

This is represented by the top row in the diagram.

Interim Measures

On January 27 2016 Government announced interim measures for pipeline Reviews. Specifically for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, the Government announced it would

  • Undertake deeper consultations with Indigenous peoples and provide funding to support participation in these consultations;
  • Assess the upstream greenhouse gas emissions associated with this project and make this information public; and,
  • Appoint a Ministerial Representative to engage communities, including Indigenous communities potentially affected by the project, to seek their views and report back to the Minister of Natural Resources.

On 17 May 2016, The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, announced that Ms. Kim Baird, Mr. Tony Penikett and Dr. Annette Trimbee would comprise the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Ministerial Panel. The panel is tasked with engaging communities and local Indigenous groups and reviewing feedback that will be provided online regarding the project and project-related issues. The panel’s work starts in June and concludes in November with a report to Minister Carr, which will be made public. [link to more information]

This is represented by the middle row in the diagram.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On 19 May 2016 – Environment and Climate Change Canada published the draft Review of Related Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimates for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX). The document provides an estimation of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released as a result of upstream production associated with the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, and an overall discussion of the project's potential impact on GHG emissions. After a public review period, a final report will be provided to GIC in November.

This is represented by the bottom row in the diagram.

Governor in Council Decision

The final decision on whether or not the Project should proceed will be made by the Governor in Council (GIC). The NEB’s recommendation report is one of the factors that GIC will consider when making the final decision on whether or not the Project should proceed.

The Government of Canada announced in January 2016 it would undertake deeper consultations with Indigenous peoples, further engage the public and affected communities along the proposed pipeline routes, and undertake an assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Based on this input, the GIC will decide in December 2016 whether to order the NEB to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate) or to dismiss the Application. GIC could also direct the NEB to conduct a reconsideration of the NEB’s report.

  • If the GIC orders the NEB to dismiss the Application, then the Board will dismiss the Application and no further steps take place.
  • If the GIC orders the NEB to issue a Certificate, the Board will issue a certificate (with conditions).
  • The GIC may refer the report back to NEB, and ask it to reconsider the recommendation, or any of the terms and conditions set out in the report, before GIC makes a decision.

If a Certificate is issued, Trans Mountain must prepare and submit to the NEB a plan, profile and book of references of the pipeline. For projects that do require a certificate, the company cannot construct the project until it has applied for and received NEB approval of the detailed or exact route. [Details about the Detailed Route process are found in the NEB’s Pipeline Regulation in Canada: A Guide for Landowners and the Public, Chapter 4.

Project Map

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Configuration Map

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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.

Review of the Project

Hearing Timeline

Hearing Timeline - April 2013 - April 2014

Hearing Timeline - April 2013 - April 2014

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Hearing Steps (Engagement / Participation steps, Oral hearing steps and Extensions to the timeline)

  • April 2013: Board assigns Process Advisor Team and Aboriginal Engagement Specialist to assist the public, Aboriginalpeople and hearing participants with the process
  • May 2013: Trans Mountain files Project Description
  • July 2013: Participant Funding announced $1.5 million for eligible Intervenors
  • August 2013: The Board sent a letter to 131 potentially-affected Aboriginal communities and organizations
  • October – December 2013: 140 people attended in-person and online NEB 101 sessions
  • November 2013 – February 2014: Board staff have process meetings with 22 Aboriginal groups
  • November 2013: Board mails out 78,687 postcards to households with postal codes along the project route (information on hearing participation)
  • December 2013: Trans Mountain files Application
  • January – February 2014: 104 people attend Board’s online workshop on the Application To Participate (ATP) process
  • February 2014: Board received 2,118 ATPs by the deadline
  • April 2014: Board releases decision on participation
    • 400 requested and were granted intervenor status
    • 798 requested and were granted commenter status
    • 452 requested intervenor status and were granted commenter status
    • 468 were denied
  • April 2014: Board releases draft conditions
  • April 2014:Board releases Hearing Order (OH-001-2014)

Hearing Timeline - May 2014 - May 2016

Hearing Timeline - May 2014 - May 2016

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  • April – May 2014: 170 people attended online workshop on written submissions
  • May 2014: Intervenor Information Requests round 1 to Trans Mountain
  • May 2014 – March 2015: YouTube video on letters of comment was viewed 1,124 times
  • July 2014: Board letter announces first excluded period (new corridor through Burnaby)
  • July 2014: Participant Funding doubled to $3 million
  • August 2014 – January 2015: Over 20 days in 5 locations, Board hears oral traditional evidence from 35 Aboriginal intervenors
  • September 2014: YouTube video on ATP (supplemental) was viewed 193 times
  • September 2014: Board received 48 ATPs for the new corridor through Burnaby
  • October 2014: Board hears constitutional argument from City of Burnaby and Trans Mountain (results in Board Ruling 40)
  • October 2014: Board releases supplemental decision on participation (new corridor through Burnaby)
    • 4 requested and were granted intervenor status
    • 6 requested and were granted commenter status
    • 23 requested intervenor status and were granted commenter status
    • 13 were denied
  • January 2015: Intervenor Information Requests round 2 to Trans Mountain
  • March 2015: Intervenor Information Requests to Trans Mountain on TERMPOL report (Ruling 51)
  • April 2015: Information Requests to Trans Mountain on late evidence – crossings (Ruling 56)
  • May 2015: Intervenors file evidence
  • May 2015: Intervenor Information Requests to Trans Mountain on late evidence – seismic (Ruling 61)
  • June 2015: Information Requests to intervenors on their evidence
  • August 2015: Board received 378 letters of comment by the deadline
  • August 2015: Board releases draft conditions for intervenors and Trans Mountain to comment on in argument
  • September 2015: Special participant Funding offered for replacement evidence (up to $10,000 per applicant)
  • September 2015: Board announces second excluded period (Ruling 92– replace stricken evidence)
  • October 2015: Intervenor Information Requests to Trans Mountain on replacement evidence (Procedural Direction 18)
  • November 2015: Intervenor Information Requests to Trans Mountain on reply evidence (Ruling 96)
  • December 2015: Trans Mountain files written argument-in-chief
  • December 2015: Intervenors file replacement eviden:ce (related to stricken evidence)
  • December 2015: Information Requests to intervenors on their replacement evidence
  • December 2015 – February 2016: Over 14 days in 2 locations, Board hears oral summary argument from Trans Mountain and 68 intervenors
  • January 2016: Intervenors file written argument-in-chief
  • February 2016: Trans Mountain files reply argument
  • May 2016: Board sends Report with recommendation to Governor in Council

Key milestones for Trans Mountain Expansion Project review

Frequently Asked Questions

Lifecycle of an NEB regulated pipeline

NEB Lifecycle Regulation

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NEB oversight throughout the lifecycle: Regulations - Conditions - Inpections - Audits - Enforcement.
NEB requires companies to consult throughout the entire lifecycle, with those potentially affected.

  • Planning
  • Application to Construct and Operate
  • NEB Public Hearing Decision/Recommendation
  • Construction
  • NEB Decision on Safe Operation
  • Application for Leave to Open
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Application to Abandon
  • NEB Public Hearing Decision
  • Abandonment

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].

News Releases

Contact Trans Mountain Pipelines

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

Trans Mountain: www.transmountain.com
Kinder Morgan Canada: www.kindermorgan.com/business/canada/

Contact Us

Contact Us - General Information

Email: info@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-292-4800
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For media inquiries, please contact:

Tara O'Donovan
Communications Officer

E-mail: tara.odonovan@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-299-3633
Cell: 587-890-8731
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