The existing Trans Mountain Pipeline runs from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, BC and passes through eight BC parks and protected areas (PPAs). In planning for the proposed Expansion Project, Trans Mountain was able to identify route alternatives to avoid five of these locations. In BC, one Class A park, one protected area and one recreational area remain within the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project pipeline corridor. Applications for construction activity within these PPAs have been submitted to BC Parks. All plans will be subject to the National Energy Board’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
Current Status – BC Parks Applications
On September 16, 2015, Trans Mountain submitted to BC Parks an Addendum to the Stage 2 Boundary Adjustment Detailed Proposal for PPAs crossed by the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Locations potentially impacted by the Trans Mountain Expansion Project include:
- Finn Creek Class A Provincial Park
- Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area
BC Parks has reviewed the application and has forwarded the addendum for ministerial review and cabinet decision in the 2016 legislative sitting. If approved, the Boundary Adjustment would result in the temporary removal of land required for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion right-of-way (ROW) from the provincial park or protected area for the period of construction and until restoration is complete; should the project be approved.
In spring 2016, Trans Mountain Pipeline will submit an application for a Park Use Permit (PUP) to authorize construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area. The PUP application will include a similar degree of assessment as the Finn Creek Provincial Park and the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area.
Trans Mountain filed a Stage 2 Boundary Adjustment Detailed Proposal with BC Parks on November 13, 2014. The Stage 2 Proposal included amendments to BC Parks legislation to allow for construction within Finn Creek, North Thompson River and Bridal Veil Falls Class A Parks as well as the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area.
The Detailed Proposal included a 45-day public comment period that commenced August 28, 2014 and closed October 12, 2014. All comments received were reviewed by BC Parks and Trans Mountain, which also addressed any issues or concerns.
After reviewing the Detailed Proposal, BC Parks requested a reassessment of routing within the three Class A parks to limit potential impacts. Trans Mountain subsequently identified route alternatives to avoid disturbance to North Thompson River and Bridal Veil Falls Class A Parks and refined routing to reduce environmental impacts to Finn Creek Class A Park. The revised Stage 2 Detailed Proposal reduces the number of proposed parks crossed and lowers the requested legislative amendments to one.
Revisions in the Addendum to the Stage 2 Proposal include:
- Exclusion of Bridal Veil Falls Park: an alternate alignment around the park has been identified and proposed.
- Exclusion of North Thompson River Park: all construction will take place within the existing Trans Mountain ROW. There will be no new permanent ROW taken from the park.
- Offsets Revisions: removal of offsets associated with the two excluded parks.
- Reduced Impact: refinement of routing at Finn Creek Provincial Park will reduce impacts to the riparian zone at Finn Creek watercourse crossing.
There are no changes to Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area routing or offsets.
Trans Mountain Pipeline
The existing Trans Mountain Pipeline traverses five Class A provincial parks that will NOT be permanently impacted by the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. These parks are Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, North Thompson River Provincial Park, Coldwater River Provincial Park, Coquihalla River Provincial Park and Rearguard Falls Provincial Park.
Detailed Submission and Maps (pdfs)
Addendum – Stage 2 Parks Boundary Adjustment Detailed Proposal (Submitted September 16, 2015)
Stage 2 Boundary Adjustment Detailed Proposal (Submitted November 13, 2014)
Introduction [PDF 11.8MB]
- Map for each park/protected area [PDF 8.6MB]
- Environmental Protection Plan [PDF 7.5MB]
- Public Comment Report [PDF 0.5MB]
For more information about the BC Parks Stage 2 Boundary Adjustment Proposal process please read Provincial Protected Area Boundary Adjustment Policy, Process and Guidelines document.