From Edmonton to Vancouver Island, members of Trans Mountain Expansion Project Team have hosted nearly three dozen Public Information Sessions about the proposed project this fall.
At each session, many of which are held in school gymnasiums and community halls, people have the opportunity to review introductory information about the project on a series of more than 30 display boards and talk with members of the project team.
Session materials also include paper maps of the entire existing pipeline route, a video detailing the highly-regulated process governing the safe movement of tankers in BC waters, and a Google earth overlay that allows attendees to zoom in on any portion of the route, in operation since 1953 between Strathcona County (near Edmonton) and Burnaby.
Two more sessions in this introductory round of the community engagement process are scheduled for early in the New Year – January 11 in Sooke and January 12 on Salt Spring Island. Details are available here.
A summary of this round of information sessions will be available in early 2013.
All comments and concerns gathered will be incorporated into the project’s comprehensive Facilities Application to be filed to the National Energy Board (NEB) in late 2013.The NEB is the federal regulator of Canadian pipelines that cross interprovincial and international boundaries.
The discussion is continuing online. You can also follow the project’s activities on twitter (@TransMtn). Additional community meetings are also planned for 2013 as more information about the proposed project becomes available.
Trans Mountain Public Information Session in Saanichton on Vancouver
Island on December 8