On November 29, 2016, the Government of Canada granted final approval for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (the Project). In addition, on May 19, 2016, following a 29-month review, the NEB concluded the Project is in the Canadian public interest and recommended the Federal Governor in Council approve the expansion. These approvals will allow the Project to proceed with 157 conditions. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), Trans Mountain plans to begin construction in 2017 and go into service in 2019.
Operating and building pipeline infrastructure affects many along the route, and Trans Mountain recognizes the potential impact to its neighbours and communities in proximity to operating areas.
Trans Mountain works with landowners along its pipeline network. A key objective is to treat each landowner fairly and equitably. For those who may be directly affected by the Expansion Project, Trans Mountain will identify and address landowners’ concerns and questions. These landowners will then work with the Lands Teams to reach jointly equitable solutions.
The National Energy Board (NEB) has produced a guide for landowners and the public that provides details about the regulatory process governing pipeline projects. This information is available on the NEB website.
In cases where Trans Mountain is unable to reach a mutually agreeable settlement with a landowner, the NEB will provide a multi-step process to address differences of opinions as part of the routing review and approval process. Where Trans Mountain does acquire land rights for the Expansion Project, landowners are entitled to compensation for the lands used, both for short-term construction and permanent easement, in addition to damages or inconvenience. This compensation is in addition to Trans Mountain’s legal requirement and corporate commitment to minimize damages and restore lands as far as practicable to pre-construction conditions.
It is important to note that pipeline companies such as Trans Mountain do not have the right to expropriate land from landowners – under the National Energy Board Act, pipeline companies are only able to apply to obtain right-of-entry for lands required for a project after NEB approval. Should Trans Mountain and a landowner be unable to reach a mutually acceptable agreement, the NEB has established a rigorous and objective process to protect the rights of landowners while considering the needs of the Project. Our objective is to not displace anyone from their home or business as a result of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.