As part of the regulatory review process for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, the National Energy Board (NEB) will begin to hear oral traditional evidence on Wednesday, August 27 in Edmonton.

The Edmonton sessions are the first of four sessions being held between August and November 2014.

On December 16, 2013 Trans Mountain filed the Facilities Application to the NEB which included details of our comprehensive engagement activities conducted during the period of April 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. As stated in the Application, while the 15,000 page document was prepared for filing, engagement and communication about the project continues and this filing reflects our ongoing work.

Trans Mountain is committed to working with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal groups in a spirit of co-operation and shared responsibility. The company is also committed to building and sustaining effective relationships based on mutual respect and trust to achieve respective business and community objectives.

Trans Mountain is engaging with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal groups in Alberta and British Columbia to provide comprehensive information about, and seek feedback on, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (the Project) and to identify any anticipated impacts of the Project.

QUOTE:

“For more than two years we have been engaging in meaningful consultation with Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route and marine corridor. Aboriginal oral hearings are an essential part of the process and provide a way for Aboriginal people to share their traditional knowledge and experience. We value and respect this input that cannot always be put into the written word.”

Gary Youngman, Lead, Aboriginal Engagement

QUICK FACTS:

  • Trans Mountain’s Aboriginal Engagement Team has made more than 15,000 points of contact regarding the proposed Project, including letters, phone calls and face-to-face meetings.
  • There are formal engagement agreements with 65 First Nations, covering subjects such as traditional land and marine use, and ecological studies.
  • A total of 17 final long-term mutual benefit and support agreements have been signed. Those are bands or communities that are immediately on, or impacted by, the pipeline route; or are close to the route in the context of traditional territory; or close to the marine corridor where oil tankers will travel. B.C. Interior, Fraser Valley, and Coastal First Nations are among those with final agreements.
  • Trans Mountain intends to file ongoing updates with the NEB as consultation continues throughout the process.

ABOUT THE HEARINGS:

These hearings provide registered Aboriginal Intervenors an opportunity to share information, such as stories, lessons and traditional knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation, that cannot be adequately conveyed in writing. The NEB received notices of intent from 49 Aboriginal groups and individuals. The hearings will take place in four locations: Edmonton, Chilliwack, Kamloops, and Victoria.

Aboriginal Intervenors may also file written evidence in addition to their oral traditional evidence. Other Intervenors, Trans Mountain or the Board may ask participants questions about their oral traditional evidence. It is up to the individual Aboriginal groups to decide whether they will respond to any questions orally, in writing or both.

ABOUT THE FACILITIES APPLICATION:

  • The proposed $5.4 billion project will generate national, regional and local benefits including employment and increased tax revenues to federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • Approximately 73 per cent of the proposed expanded pipeline will follow the existing right-of way where the pipeline has been in place for 60 years and approximately 17 per cent will follow other existing utility corridors or other infrastructure
  • Trans Mountain has recommended a number of enhancements to marine safety and spill response including extending tug escorts, implementing a Moving Safety Zone around laden tankers and improvements to the oil spill response regime

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

In 2012, Kinder Morgan Canada announced it would move forward with its proposed plan to expand the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline System – from Edmonton, AB to Burnaby, BC – following strong commitments from its customers. The proposed $5.4 billion project will increase capacity on the pipeline from approximately 300,000 bpd to 890,000 bpd. For 60 years, the 1,150 km Trans Mountain pipeline system has been safely and efficiently providing the only West Coast access for Canadian oil products.