Environmental studies are being undertaken to assess existing conditions and types of land use in the project area, as well as possible socio-economic impacts.
During the 2012 and 2013 field seasons, a number of environmental and engineering field programs are planned for the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. These programs will take place in both Alberta and BC, and involve the work of a number of teams in various disciplines.
Crews have already begun fieldwork, preparing for several upcoming environmental and socio-economic studies planned along the pipeline system. Studies range from examining vegetation, soils and wetlands, to observing and documenting wildlife ecosystems. A separate, detailed environmental program will focus on the Westridge Marine Terminal.
Although most environmental field programs take place from April to September, some work may be done during winter. For example, fish studies involve a survey of overwintering fish and fish habitats. Winter wildlife track surveys are best completed after a fresh snowfall. Other studies such as rare plant surveys are done in spring or late summer, when the plants are flowering and most noticeable.
Mitigation strategies and management plans will be developed through discussions with regulators, Aboriginal communities and stakeholders to help minimize the potential effects of the project on biophysical and human environments. All of these reports will be posted on this website and the National Energy Board website once Trans Mountain’s Facilities Application is submitted in late 2013.
With each field program, Trans Mountain’s goal will be to meet the extensive National Energy Board filing requirements, as well as all federal, provincial, regional and municipal standards for survey and data collection.