The Application for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project filed in December, 2013, identified a preferred proposed pipeline corridor and, in some areas, alternatives for consideration. To minimize impact to communities, Trans Mountain conducted thorough engagement with Aboriginal groups, landowners and stakeholders, including local, regional and provincial governments to guide routing decisions and put together a proposed route that follows 73 per cent of the existing pipeline’s right-of-way. An additional 16 per cent of the route would follow existing utility corridors and infrastructure where using the current route would be more disruptive to communities or the environment.
Following the filing, Trans Mountain has continued its work to optimize the route and minimize impacts to people, communities and the environment through a combination of technical and environmental studies, public consultation and on-the-ground fieldwork. The following map provides the current proposed pipeline corridor and in some places the proposed alternative pipeline corridors currently being examined by Trans Mountain.
Trans Mountain engagement activities continue as we work to optimize the route and we continue to gather input on the pipeline corridor. The process for getting to the final route is explained further here.
In addition to environmental studies, engineering feasibility studies, extensive dialogue with all landowners, neighbours, Aboriginal groups, stakeholders and communities have taken place and will continue along the pipeline route. This is an important part of the process to determine the route of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. To learn more about this engagement, read Volume 3A, Volume 3B, Volume 3C, Consultation Update 1, Consultation Update 2, Consultation 3 of the Facilities Application, and Consultation Update 4.