We completed field studies in 2012 and 2013 along the proposed pipeline corridor. During these two years, we conducted a range of studies and reported and filed them with the National Energy Board (NEB) in late 2013 as part of our Facilities Application. The intent of these studies was to:

  • Identify and describe the current biophysical and socio-economic setting of each element in the area where the Project occurs in order to establish the baseline for environmental conditions prior to any construction being carried out
  • Determine the possible impacts of construction and operations
  • Guide Trans Mountain’s committed protection and mitigation methods

These studies covered environmental features such as: wildlife, fisheries, plants, species at risk or species of special status, soils, heritage resources, or traditional land use and air and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Following the field studies identifying the baseline conditions, we undertook extensive analysis to predict the effects associated with the Project, including those that could be caused by construction, operations, decommissioning or abandonment, as well as potential accidents and malfunctions.

The information and analysis was used to develop our environmental plans. Trans Mountain also collected input from stakeholders to help refine our environmental plans and meet the Conditions set out by the National Energy Board (NEB) and the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).

 The following environmental protection plans have been submitted to the NEB:

Environmental Plans NEB Conditions and Filing ID
Volume 1 – Temporary Construction Lands and Infrastructure Environmental Protection Plan 78 Facilities Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 2 – Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan 72 Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 3 – Facilities Environmental Protection Plan 78 Facilities Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 4 – Westridge Marine Terminal Environmental Protection Plan 81 Westridge Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 5 – Reactivation Environmental Protection Plan 72 Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 6 – Environmental Management Plans 72 Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan78 Facilities Environmental Protection Plan81 Westridge Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 7 – Resource-Specific Mitigation Tables 72 Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 8 – Environmental Alignment Sheets 72 Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 9 – Burnaby Mountain Tunneling Environmental Protection Plan 72 Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 10 – Compliance Management Plan 72 Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan 78 Facilities Environmental Protection Plan 81 Westridge Environmental Protection Plan
Volume 6 – Environmental Management Plans NEB Condition and Filing ID
Section 1 – Organizational Structure 1.1 - Project Organizational Structure Condition 88
Section 2 – Socio–Economic Management 2.1 - Access Management Plan Condition 47  A82635
2.2 - Agricultural Management Plan Condition 72
2.3 - Socio-Economic Effects Monitoring Plan Condition 13  A81754
2.4 – Heritage Resources Condition 100
2.5 – Biosecurity Management Plan Condition 72
2.6 – Socio-Economic Management Plan Condition 72
2.7 – Worker Accommodation Strategy Condition 59
2.8 – Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment – s.58 Temporary Construction Lands and Infrastructure Condition 60
Section 3 – Contaminated Sites and Waste Management 3.1 - Waste Management Plan Condition 72
3.2 - Contamination Identification and Assessment Plan Condition 46   A82636
3.3 - Hydrovac Cutting and Disposal Management Plan Condition 72
Section 4 – Geological and Groundwater Management 4.1 - Metal Leaching and Acid Rock Drainage Management Plan Condition 72
4.2 – Groundwater Management Plan Condition 72
Section 5 – Vegetation Management 5.1 - Timber Salvage Management Plan Condition 72
5.2 - Old Growth Management Areas Mitigation and Replacement Plan Condition 76
5.3 - Rare Ecological Community and Rare Plant Population Management Plan Condition 40
5.4 - Grasslands Survey and Mitigation Plan Condition 42  A82362
5.5 - Weed and Vegetation Management Plan Condition 45  A82634
Section 6 – Wildlife Management Plans 6.1 – Preliminary Caribou Habitat Restoration Plan Condition 37  A81921
6.2 – Sowaqua Spotted Owl Mitigation Plan Condition 38  A81923
6.3 – Grizzly Bear Mitigation Plan Condition 56
6.4 – Wildlife Species at Risk Mitigation and Habitat Restoration Plans Condition 44
6.4.1 – American Badger Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83034
6.4.2 – Barn Owl Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83035
6.4.3 – Coastal Giant Salamander Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83042
6.4.4 – Great Basin Spadefoot Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83049
6.4.5 – Williamson’s Sapsucker and Lewis’s Woodpecker Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83061
6.4.6 – Oregon Forestsnail Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83062
6.4.7 – Oregon Spotted Frog Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83060
6.4.8 – Pacific Water Shrew Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83045
6.4.9 – Western Rattlesnake and Great Basin Gophersnake Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83046
6.4.10 – Townsend’s Mole Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83052
6.4.11 – Western Screech–Owl Mitigation Plan Condition 44 A83065
6.5 – Wildlife Conflict Management Plan Condition 72
Section 7 – Wetland Management 7.1 - Wetland Survey and Mitigation Plan Condition 41 A82379
Section 8 – Aquatic Resource Management 8.1 - Nooksack Dace and Salish Sucker Management Plan Condition 75
8.2 - Water Quality Monitoring Management Plan Condition 72
8.3 - HDD/Trenchless Planning and Procedures Management Plan Condition 72
8.4 - Horizontal Directional Drilling Noise Management Plan Condition 74
8.5 - Navigation and Navigation Safety Plan Condition 48   A82632
8.6 - Water Withdrawal and Discharge Procedures Management Plan Condition 72
8.7 - Riparian Habitat Management Plan Condition 71
8.8 - Watercourse Crossing Inventory Condition 43   A82366, A82369, A82390, A82392, A8239, A82397, A82400, A82405, A82409
Section 9 – Reclamation Plans 9.1 – Reclamation Management Plan Condition 72
9.2 - British Columbia Parks Reclamation Plan Condition 72
9.2.1 - Finn Creek Provincial Park Reclamation Plan Condition 72
9.2.2 - Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area Reclamation Plan Condition 72
9.2.3 - Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area Reclamation Plan Condition 72
9.3 – Wabamun Park Reclamation Plan Condition 72
Section 10 – Facilities Management Plans 10.1 - Air Emissions Management Plan for the Edmonton, Sumas, and Burnaby Terminals Condition 79
10.2 - Noise Management Plan for Construction at Terminals and Pump Stations Condition 80
10.3 - Air Emissions Management Plan for Westridge Marine Terminal Condition 52  A82640
10.4 – Marine Water Quality Management Plan during Rip Rap Removal Condition 35
Section 10 – Facilities Management Plans Cont’d. 10.5 - Fugitive Emissions Management Plan for the Edmonton, Sumas, and Burnaby Terminals Condition 54
10.6 - Fugitive Emissions Management Plan for Westridge Marine Terminal Condition 53  A82637
10.7 - Fugitive Emissions Management Plan for Pump Stations Condition 55
10.8 - Light Emissions Management Plan Condition 82
Section 11 – Burnaby Mountain Tunneling Management 11.1 - Air Emissions Management Plan for Burnaby Mountain Tunnel Construction Condition 85
11.2 - Burnaby Mountain Tunnel Construction Noise Management Plan for Burnaby Mountain Condition 86
11.3 - Groundwater Seepage Management Plan Condition 87