Trans Mountain Pipeline has applied to the National Energy Board for authorization to expand the capacity of its 1,150-km oil pipeline running from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, BC. Trans Mountain filed an eight-volume, 15,000-page Facilities Application in December 2013. Additional filings are anticipated as the Application proceeds. All official filings submitted to the NEB are available in its online document library, organized into folders based on who submitted the document – National Energy Board folder, Trans Mountain Pipeline folder, Intervenors folder and Letters of Comment folder.
In April 2014, the Board issued a Hearing Order to review the Application and outlined key steps and deadlines in the review process including a series of opportunities for the Board and Intervenors to pose Information Requests, or IRs, to Trans Mountain. The company will also have an opportunity to pose IRs to Intervenors. In September 2015, the NEB updated the hearing schedule.
The Application is available below, along with summaries of some of the volumes. Links to IR filings will be provided as they become available. Updates to the Application, including supplemental evidence, are also posted as they become available. Summaries are not a substitute for the actual content of the submission. Please refer to the complete volume for a full description of the Project.
The Application is also available in various communities along the pipeline and marine corridor. The list of communities and locations is available here. Additionally, the Application is posted for public viewing on the NEB website, along with other related regulatory documents. While the format of the Application appears different on each website, the content is the same. If there are any discrepancies between the summaries or this version of the Application, please refer to the official version on the NEB website.
Trans Mountain filed its written reply argument with the National Energy Board (NEB), a move that triggered the close of the record in the NEB Proceeding into the proposed Expansion Project. The reply argument is the company’s response to Intervenor written and oral arguments and follows the presentation of its own final arguments in December 2015.
Trans Mountain filed its Final Argument to reflect the replacement economic evidence, filed in September 2015, with the National Energy Board (NEB) as part of the regulatory review.
The National Energy Board and Intervenors issued a round of information requests to Trans Mountain regarding its 89 page report, Market Prospects & Benefits Analysis of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, that was filed as replacement evidence. Trans Mountain responded to these questions on October 26, 2015.
Trans Mountain filed replacement evidence with the National Energy Board (NEB), highlighting the economic need and benefits of the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The evidence includes an 89-page report, Market Prospects & Benefits Analysis of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, prepared by Muse Stancil and updates to the Conference Board of Canada’s estimates of jobs and fiscal benefits that are based on these numbers.
Consultation Update #3 for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project contains updates to the NEB about the ongoing public consultation, Aboriginal engagement and landowner engagement programs. These updates cover the time period between May 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
Technical Update #4 for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project contains additional information Trans Mountain committed to filing with the National Energy Board (NEB) in response to NEB and intervenor information requests (IR) and intervenor IR motions. The filing consists of thirteen sections: i) Westridge Delivery Pipelines Routing Update; ii) 42" Pipeline from Hargreaves to Blue River; iii) Marine Air Quality Supplemental Technical Report No. 2; iv) Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Update; v) Sediment Characterization for Proposed Dredging at Westrigde Marine Terminal; vi) Follow-Up Information Request Responses; vii) Updated Outflow Graph and Overland Flow Mapping for the Froth Creek to Finn Creek area; viii) Consultation Update No. 2 Errata; ix) Updated Construction Schedules; x) Fisheries Act Self Assessment of Serious Harm, Marine Update; xi) Fisheries Act Self Assessment of Serious Harm, Freshwater Environment; xii) Follow-Up to Requests from the Lower Fraser Valley Air Quality Coordinating Committee; xiii) Traditional Use Studies
Technical Update #3 for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project contains additional information Trans Mountain committed to filing with the National Energy Board (NEB) in response to NEB and intervenor information requests (IR) and intervenor IR motions. The filing consists of eight sections: i) Engineering Assessments; ii) Transport Canada TERMPOL Review; iii) Assessment of the Potential Human Health Effects Associated with the Additional Calpuff Modelling; iv) Detailed Proposal Request for Boundary Adjustments for BC Provincial Protected Areas; v) Follow-Up Response to City of Vancouver IR No. 1; vi) Follow-Up Response to NEB IR No. 2; vii) Follow-Up Response to NEB IR No. 1; and viii) Follow-Up Response to NEB IR No. 2
Technical Update #2 for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project contains additional information Trans Mountain committed to filing with the National Energy Board (NEB) in response to NEB and intervenor information requests (IR) and intervenor IR motions. The filing consists of five sections: i) Routing Update; ii) Facilities Update; iii) Air Quality Report; iv) Marine Fish Habitat Offsetting Plan; and v) Wetland Overview.
Trans Mountain’s Technical Update #1/Consultation Update #2 contains additional information that Trans Mountain committed to filing with the National Energy Board through the Facilities Application, in replies to various Information Requests (IRs), and in response to Intervenor motions on Trans Mountain’s responses to Intervenor IR # 1. This filing consists of five sections: i) Routing Update; ii) Risk Assessment; iii) Human Occupancy and Resource Use; iv) High Sensitivity Wetland Areas; and v) Consultation Update No. 2. A short synopsis of the sections can be found here.
One hundred twenty-two Intervenors issued information requests to Trans Mountain regarding its Facilities Application. On June 4, 2014, Trans Mountain filed its responses to sixty of the Intervenor's information requests. The remaining responses were filed on June 18, 2014. Review the responses posted on the NEB website - all files are named with "Responses to Information Requests" in the folder name.
On March 20, 2014 Trans Mountain filed a Consultation Update with the National Energy Board (NEB), which provides a summary of our ongoing consultation activities since the filing of Volume 3 of the Facilities Application. This filing is a formal regulatory document that includes details of our consultation activities with stakeholders, Aboriginal groups and landowners conducted between August and December 31, 2013. For activities prior to August 1, 2013, please refer to Volume 3 below.
This filing also includes a summary of Errata, which identifies and corrects errors in the original filing such as formatting, incorrect page numbers, or a change in scale to a graphic. The original volumes have been adjusted to reflect these corrections.
This volume explains the purpose of the Project, contains the project description, and explains Project need, economic feasibility and economic benefits. It also describes the pipeline corridor routing and facility siting and land information, including land rights and acquisition.
6A presents plans for environmental compliance including Trans Mountain’s commitment to environmental protection, pre-construction activities including: marking environmental features; environmental education for all construction personnel and visitors; environmental inspection and monitoring during construction; and post-construction monitoring including: air, habitat and water well monitoring.
This volume reviews the measures to prevent oil spills, risks related to oil spills, emergency response in the event of a spill, fate and behaviour of spills in both fresh and brackish water, the ecological and human health risks associated with a spill for both terrestrial and a Westridge marine spill, and a detailed assessment of KMC’s financial capacity to respond to a spill.
8C presents TERMPOL study reports – 16 reports prepared for Transport Canada’s Technical Review Process of Marine Terminal Systems and Transshipment Sites. The reports include a fisheries resources survey, route analysis, oil handling facilities requirements, general risk analysis, and ship specifications.