On September 16, 2015, Trans Mountain submitted an Addendum to BC Parks (Addendum) regarding the Stage 2 Boundary Adjustment Detailed Proposal (Boundary Adjustment Proposal) for parks and protected areas crossed by the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project). Locations potentially impacted by the Project include:
- Finn Creek Class A Provincial Park
- Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area
BC Parks reviewed the Boundary Adjustment Proposal and Addendum and
forwarded them for ministerial review and cabinet decision in the 2016 legislative
sitting. A Boundary Adjustment creates a temporary removal of land required for
the Project right-of-way from the provincial park or protected area for the
period of construction and until reclamation is complete.
On May 2, 2016, the BC Cabinet passed legislation to approve the Boundary Adjustment Proposal for Finn Creek Park, which was brought into force by an Order in Council (OIC) in March, 2017. The following conditions were met before the OIC was issued:
- November 29, 2016: the Project was approved by the Federal Governor in Council, following the May 19, 2016 recommendation by the National Energy Board
- January 11, 2017: the Province of BC announced Trans Mountain had satisfied its five conditions for heavy oil pipelines
- January 11, 2017: the Province issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate to Trans Mountain
Trans Mountain has filed the following Land Use and Occupancy Park Use Permit (PUP) applications:
- February, 2017: PUP application to authorize construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project through the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area. The PUP application will include a similar degree of assessment as for the Finn Creek Provincial Park and the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area Boundary Adjustment Proposals.
- March, 2017: PUP application for Finn Creek Provincial Park
Trans Mountain will file one additional PUP application in Q2 2017:
- April, 2017: PUP application for Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area
Trans Mountain anticipates a decision from the Province regarding the Park Use Permits in fall 2017.