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

  • The deadline to apply for Participant Funding has passed and there will be no further opportunity to apply for funding. The Funding Review Committee will now review the applications for funding and provide their decisions in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about the Participant Funding Program or the status of your application, please contact Ms. Melissa Trono, Participant Funding Program Coordinator, at (403) 299-3130 or by e-mail at PFP.PAFP@neb-one.gc.ca.
  • If you weren’t able to attend the NEB’s hearing to gather Oral Aboriginal Traditional Evidence in Victoria, BC last week, the transcripts [Folder 2498240] are available 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, 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 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.

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 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 2392873] 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 [Document A3S8R6] 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

Email update - 1 April 2014

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Hello Everyone,

There has been a change to the NEB Panel assigned to consider the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. The Panel was originally composed of Panel Chair David Hamilton, Lyne Mercier and Don Young. Mr  Young has recently made the difficult decision to resign from the National Energy Board, effective 31 March 2014. This decision will allow Mr. Young to move closer to his family and spend more time with his new grandchildren.

Replacing Mr. Young on this application will be Philip Davies. You can read more about Mr. Davies’ background on our website.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Reny Chakkalakal at 1-800-899-1265 or by email at: transmountainpipeline.hearing@neb-one.gc.ca

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 2 April 2014

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The National Energy Board has been reviewing an application submitted by Trans Mountain to expand their pipeline system between Edmonton and Burnaby, BC.

The Board announced today that the application is complete and the Board will hold a hearing. During the hearing, the Board will gather the information and evidence it needs to decide whether or not the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project is in the Canadian public interest. In other words, do the potential benefits of the project outweigh the potential burdens and risks?

As part of our hearing process, today the Board issued a Hearing Order. A Hearing Order outlines the key steps and deadlines for the hearing and includes the list of issues that the Board will consider. You can find a copy of the Hearing Order [Filing A59503] on our website.

The Board has not yet announced where the hearing will be held. It’s not uncommon for the Board to announce this information at a later date. I’ll make sure to let you know once the Board announces the hearing location.

The Board has also released the list of parties for this hearing. We received more than 2,100 applications to participate in this hearing between 15 January and 12 February. The Board considered each application on a case-by-case basis and has decided that 400 will participate as intervenors and 1250 as commenters.

In some cases, an application to participate was denied. You can read the Board’s reasons [Filing A63788] for denying an application here.

Moving forward, our next step is to issue the first round of information requests to Trans Mountain on 17 April. We will also share the potential conditions for the project on 17 April, which will still be in the draft stage.  Releasing potential conditions while a hearing is underway is a standard step in the review process that is mandated by the courts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 1-800-899-1265 or by email at transmountain.pipeline@neb-one.gc.ca

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 5 May 2014

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Hi Everyone,

The National Energy Board has released Procedural Direction No. 1 - Oral traditional evidence participation on 5 May 2014. This document describes the Board’s process for gathering oral traditional evidence from Aboriginal intervenors and the requirements for Aboriginal intervenors to follow in order to notify the Board of their intention to provide oral traditional evidence.

To read the Procedural Direction [Filing A60077], please click here.

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 3 June 2014

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Hi,

The Board has recently issued Procedural Direction No. 2 - Revised hearing events and steps table. For more information about this revision, please click on Filing A60733.

The Board has also recently issued Ruling No. 17 - Request from Trans Mountain to extend the deadline to respond to Round 1 intervenor information requests. For more information about this decision, please click on Filing A60734.

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 22 August 2014

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Hi,

Due to cancellations, the National Energy Board 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.

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 4 September 2014

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Hi,

Starting on 8 September, you can submit your Application to Participate in the National Energy Board’s hearing into the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project.  This supplementary process focuses specifically on a new preferred corridor through Burnaby Mountain that was not identified in Trans Mountain’s original Project application or the NEB’s original Application to Participate process.

The applications are due on or before 24 September. Only applications related to the new preferred corridor will be considered through this process.

The NEB will be hosting online and teleconference training sessions on how to complete the Application to Participate form. You can learn more about these training sessions and the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion project here.

Best regards,
Reny

Email update - 23 October 2014

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Hi,

As you may have noticed, we have a new website! It has been updated and redesigned to provide a better user experience by making information easier to find with an improved user interface. The new website strengthens our capacity to produce fresh new web content so that the public will always be kept up to date on Board initiatives and information related to our regulatory mandate. We value transparency and are always looking for ways to improve and increase the amount of information we share with Canadians and the public.

Not sure where to start? A helpful “video tour” has been created to guide you through! Click here for more information.

If you have any questions or require assistance please contact the Process Advisory Team at 1-800-899-1265 or by email at: transmountainpipeline.hearing@neb-one.gc.ca

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.

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 Board will be hosting training sessions for commenters in February 2015. We will send more information about these workshops to registered commenters.

If you have any questions, please contact the Process Advisor Team at 1-800-899-1265 or via email at transmountainpipeline.hearing@neb-one.gc.ca.

The PowerPoint 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.

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

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

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