As part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), Trans Mountain will construct approximately five kilometres of TMEP buried pipeline in Burnaby. Part of this construction will take place within the Shell Canada property located on Underhill Avenue north of Broadway. In this area, we will use an existing access road for our planned pipeline easement.

We are committed to completing TMEP in a manner that minimizes impact to the environment, landowners and our neighbours. In keeping with this commitment, we plan to maintain a buffer of trees approximately 35 metres wide between the above-stated TMEP easement and the western edge of the Shell property. Although there are currently no plans to remove trees in this buffer, a safety assessment prior to the start of construction will confirm whether any selective tree removal in this buffer is needed for safety purposes.

To accommodate a temporary workspace adjacent to this easement, selective tree removal will occur within 10 metres east of the easement. Once construction is complete, this area will be reclaimed per Trans Mountain’s Reclamation Management Plan.

Trans Mountain is also committed to minimizing disruption to our neighbours during construction, to the extent possible. We have developed a Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan that includes management and mitigation plans to help minimize construction impacts.  These plans include measures to address noise and dust mitigation, and consist of the following:

  • Ensure tools and equipment being used are proportionate to the activity being conducted to limit excessive noise resulting from construction. Locate compressors and generators away from noise-sensitive locations to the extent feasible.
  • Noise abatement equipment and construction scheduling will be considered at noise-sensitive locations (e.g., near residences) and during noise-sensitive periods
  • Schedule construction activities in consideration of applicable municipal noise bylaws or approval conditions, where feasible
  • Maintain equipment in good working condition and according to manufacturer guidelines; and maintain noise suppression equipment (e.g., silencers or mufflers) on applicable construction machinery and vehicles
  • Ensure construction vehicles abide by traffic control requirements to reduce effects of increased construction traffic to local residents, and to reduce dust and noise
  • Water worksites and access roads to reduce or avoid the potential for dust emissions when warranted, and as approved by the Environmental Inspector