The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is hosting three public information sessions in Vancouver this week. The sessions are being held as part of early consultations to help inform the project’s application to the National Energy Board (NEB), which will be filed in late 2013. 

Sessions in the Lower Mainland began November 3 in North Vancouver and will continue until November 29, before moving on Vancouver Island. 

"These sessions are an opportunity to get out into the community to provide information and answer questions about the proposed expansion project," says Greg Toth, Director, Trans Mountain Expansion Project. "We're hearing valuable feedback from each community we visit, which will help with our application to the National Energy Board."

Since announcing the project in April 2012, some 250 meetings and workshops have taken place with local governments, organizations and Aboriginal Peoples.

More than 700 people have attended the 20 public information sessions held so far in communities around BC and Alberta since October 9, 2012.

"The information sessions taking place along the pipeline and marine corridors are an important part of the consultation process," says Mike Davies, Director, Marine Development. "They give us a chance to hear first hand any questions and concerns people may have, which makes it possible to improve our planning for the proposed expansion project."

Consultations will continue next year and all comments and concerns gathered will be incorporated into the project’s application and considered by the NEB. The application to the NEB is expected to be filed in late 2013.

As well, feedback gathered during this current round of public information sessions will be summarized in early 2013. A report on this fall’s sessions will be produced.

People who register at the fall sessions will be contacted with information about summary report and other project updates.

The public is invited to join the conversation by attending an information session and completing a feedback form (available at the sessions or online).

Discussion Guide is also available at the information sessions.