As of September 3, Trans Mountain has completed most of the environmental surveys within the Burnaby Conservation Area and continues with the preparatory work (brush clearing and tree falling for safety) in the select areas identified for geophysical work. We are committed to conducting the work with the least impact possible and to fully restore any areas we disturb.

On September 2, we completed brush and tree clearing for one of the two geotechnical drilling locations within the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. This work included removal of (7 trees and some underbrush). Clearing work for the second location was stopped on September 2 for discussions with City of Burnaby employees.

Further work is still required in order to prepare the two sites for the equipment needed for the geotechnical investigations. That equipment will be delivered by helicopter, but at no time will a helicopter land in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area.

On August 19, 2014, the NEB confirmed Trans Mountain’s Section 73 rights (NEB Ruling 28). Trans Mountain has been given a December 1, 2014 deadline by the National Energy Board (NEB) to file the geotechnical, engineering and environmental reports for the proposed route through Burnaby Mountain. The work on and around Burnaby Mountain will help determine the feasibility of routing a 2-km section of the proposed pipeline between the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal through Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. Trans Mountain believes the proposed route through Burnaby Mountain is the best option based on preliminary indications and on the feedback gathered through engagement with local stakeholders. Routing through Burnaby Mountain would minimize traffic disruption during construction and avoid four private homeowner properties the pipeline would cross near the Westridge Marine Terminal and mean no homeowners in Burnaby would be directly impacted.

Over the past two years, Trans Mountain has been undertaking fieldwork and studies to help assess the proposed pipeline corridor between Edmonton, AB and Burnaby, BC. Trans Mountain needs to be able to tell residents of Burnaby where the pipeline route will go and in order to do so, further on-the-ground fieldwork is required.