On January 10, 2017, the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) issued an environmental assessment certificate for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The decision was made after considering the National Energy Board’s (NEB’s) environmental assessment, as well various federal and provincial reports, submissions from Aboriginal groups and the recommendations of the BC Environmental Assessment Office’s Executive Director. A copy of the Reasons for Ministers’ Decision can be found here.

The certificate is subject to 37 conditions in relation to areas of provincial jurisdiction. This certificate is in addition to and designed to supplement the NEB’s required 157 conditions. The 37 conditions respond to concerns raised by communities and Aboriginal groups during consultation and to the key areas of provincial interest and jurisdiction. 

To assist the Environmental Assessment Office and all stakeholders in tracking the implementation of the BC EAO Conditions, Trans Mountain must regularly file a status of compliance report, as per BC EAO Condition 4.

The following information provides updates regarding the status of the BC EAO Conditions for the Project.

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In addition to the 8% of the BC EAO Conditions that are exclusively focused on Aboriginal Engagement, engagement with Aboriginal groups (and other stakeholders) is also a component of many of the other conditions.

Public notification of permit filings with the BC government

Trans Mountain is in an ongoing process of seeking and receiving permits as we move forward with the Expansion Project. We are working with the British Columbia government to obtain provincial permits and refine details for permits associated with construction of the expanded pipeline system. This is an outline of recent work, as required by the BC Environmental Assessment office, Condition 14.

Background

Permits cover provincial requirements for a range of activities. These can include final route alignment, highway and park access, right-of-way clearing, underground crossings and wildlife salvage (for example relocating wildlife such as frogs away from the construction right-of-way).

BC also requires Trans Mountain to engage with Rights Holders along the route.

In 2016, Trans Mountain made a BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) Pipeline Application for each construction spread and made Road Use Permit Applications to the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Trans Mountain also engaged with BC Parks district staff on a review of draft Park Use Permit applications, which were finalized in 2017.  

In 2017, Trans Mountain continues to plan for the filing of OGC Road, Crown Land and infrastructure crossing permits with various ministries. Engagement with OGC; Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO); Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI); and the BC Ministry of Environment (MOE) continues, including work to address a high volume of permitting locations.

To date, Trans Mountain has received a number of permits related to land clearing, access roads, construction, wildlife and terminals, including permits covering Forest Service Road Use, the Agricultural Land Reserve, Right of Way and Crown Land Investigative Use and Fisheries Investigation to conduct investigative research at watercourses. 

 

PERMIT ACTIVITY IN 2017

April-June (Q2) 2017: 

  • Revised applications to the OGC for each construction spread. This aligns with the Plan, Profile and Book of Reference (PPBOR) filed with the National Energy Board (NEB)
  • An OGC Road Application for each spread
  • Engaged with Rights Holders overlapping both the pipeline and roads rights of way, as required by Crown Land Policy, and overseen by the OGC. Consultation packages were distributed to a number of Rights Holders in October 2016 in accordance with the original Pipeline Application submission, then distributed in May 2017 with revisions and again in June 2017 with the filing of Road Applications
  • Submitted Forest Service Road Junction permits, Works Permits (FLNRO) and Wildlife Salvage Permits (FLNRO) for known and anticipated locations of certain wildlife species
  • Submitted permits to OGC for support work in or about streams for reactivation in Mt. Robson Provincial Park and at Burnaby Terminal
  • Submitted to MOE, BC Parks all Park Use Permits for Lac du Bois, Finn Creek and Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area and road use in Mt. Robson Provincial Park
  • Submitted to FLNRO the Dike Maintenance Area Applications to permit underground or ‘trenchless’ crossing of three  dikes in the Lower Mainland at the Fraser River, Vedder River and Sumas River and a crossing of the North Thompson River near Kamloops
  • Filed information letters to MOE for planned work outside of the existing Waste Discharge Permit areas at the Westridge Marine and Burnaby Terminals. Pre-Permit Application meetings have been initiated for minor amendments at both terminals. As well, Trans Mountain submitted a minor amendment application for Burnaby Terminal
  • Completed filing to MOTI for permits allowing upgrading of existing access ramps and new temporary and permanent   accesses on BC highways
  • As part of the BC MOTI’s phased permitting approach, Trans Mountain applied for permits to clear and grub locations in the MOTI right of way, which align with future crossing  and construction locations parallel and within MOTI highway right-of-way.  

Permit activity for July-September (Q3) 2017

  • Final components of MOTI Engineered Crossings and Parallel construction works in the right-of-way Permits will be filed 
  • A second Road Application to OGC for additional temporary construction accesses
  • Continuing discussion with MOTI to ensure construction impacts to the travelling public through highway lane closures are understood and publicly communicated
  • Submission to FLNRO of engineered design drawings for crossings of Forest Service Roads or other locations where industrial crossings are required
  • Filing of Fisheries Salvage and Wildlife Salvage Permit applications to FLNRO will continue
  • Filing of s.10 water use applications to the OGC to support horizontal directional drilling and hydrostatic testing activities.
  • Additional applications to support power lines and camp requirements.