We’ve been working diligently to meet with landowners to identify and address their needs and issues and to negotiate land agreements for the properties we require to construct the pipeline. We’ll continue to work with landowners over the coming months and believe we can reach agreements with a majority of landowners.

The next major step in the routing process requires Trans Mountain to submit a Plan, Profile and Book of Reference (PPBoR), which describes in detail the exact portion of the pipeline corridor proposed to be traversed by the pipeline and the names of the owners and occupiers of the land parcels.

The National Energy Board (NEB) has produced a guide to help landowners and the public understand the pipeline construction process and their rights. We’ve highlighted a few questions in the guide related to the current phase of the Project below. The full guide is available through the NEB’s website here.

What is a PPBoR?

A plan and profile is a drawing of the pipeline as seen from above (aerial view) and from the side (profile view) showing the exact proposed location of the pipeline. The book of reference identifies the lands, provides the names of the landowners and land occupants, and shows the dimensions (length, width and total area) of the right-of-way required for the pipeline.

What if a landowner has issues with the detailed route of a pipeline?

Landowners who receive notice about the detailed route of the pipeline can oppose the route. Persons who anticipate their lands may be adversely affected by the proposed detailed route may also oppose the route.

How do I oppose the detailed route and how much time do I have to file my opposition?

The NEB Act sets out how much time you have to send your written objection. A person whose lands are crossed by the pipeline has 30 days from the date they receive notice of the detailed route. A person who thinks their lands may be adversely affected by the detailed route of the pipeline has 30 days from the last day the advertisements appeared in a local newspaper. These timelines are fixed in the NEB Act so it is important to file statements with the Board before the 30-day period expires.

What happens after I send in my opposition to the detailed route?

The NEB must conduct a detailed route hearing if, within the applicable 30-day period, persons whose lands are crossed by the pipeline or others whose lands are affected raise legitimate objections about the specific details of the pipeline route or about the methods or timing of the construction.

What if there is no opposition to the route?

The NEB may approve the PPBoRs for those parts of the proposed detailed route that do not have any statements of opposition. The company files the approved PPBoR with the appropriate provincial government offices (usually land titles or registry) in whatever province they relate to, and the company can then begin construction along these approved segments of the detailed route.

Can the NEB approve the route in segments rather than in whole?

Yes, the Board can approve a route in segments. The Board will not approve parts of the route that are subject to any statements of opposition and may also withhold approval on parts of the route that are near the areas where there are statements of opposition. Work on the pipeline in any non-approved section cannot proceed until the Board approves that section of the route. Approval could follow a settlement between the landowner and the company or Board decision after a detailed route hearing. Decisions on partial approval of a route are made by the Board on a case-by-case basis.