As we get closer to construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, various teams are working hard behind the scenes as we move through permitting processes and ensure we meet the conditions set out by the National Energy Board (NEB). 

On August 28, 2017, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority approved our permit application for the portion of the Project within their jurisdiction involving the upgrade and expansion of our Westridge Marine Terminal. The decision was made after a thorough and robust project and environmental review, including consultation with Aboriginal groups and community feedback on the impacts of construction activities at the Westridge Marine Terminal, such as noise, dust, lighting and proposed mitigations. The permit was granted subject to 57 conditions Trans Mountain must meet to ensure the Project is constructed safely, protects the environment and, in consideration of local communities, does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

The National Energy Board set out 157 conditions which must be met by the Project. The conditions apply during various stages of the Project’s lifecycle, including before construction, during construction and during operation of the pipeline system, and are designed to reduce possible risks identified during the application process.

These Project-specific conditions are in addition to existing regulations, codes and standards, and our commitments, and ensure the pipeline system is planned, built and operated safely. Many of these conditions are in response to community and Intervenor feedback gathered through the regulatory review process and from the many residents who participated in our open houses, workshops and online opportunities.

In addition to the five overarching conditions, there are approximately 100 conditions requiring filings to take place prior to construction. More than 45 of these conditions relate in whole or in part to our Westridge Marine Terminal and, as of August 30, 2017, Trans Mountain has satisfied all applicable NEB pre-construction conditions for the Terminal. These conditions include:

Condition 34 – Westridge Marine Terminal Offshore Geotechnical Report

Trans Mountain conducted several offshore geotechnical investigations at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby to inform the Offshore Geotechnical Report. Read more about these investigations here

Read the Condition 34 filing.

Condition 53 – Fugitive Emissions Management Plan for Westridge

One of the most important elements of the expansion of shipping operations at Westridge Marine Terminal is an innovative new system to control emissions during ship loading. The system will ensure compliance with Metro Vancouver’s air quality objectives. Read more about the new system here.

Read the Condition 53 filing.

Condition 73 – Traffic Control Plans for public roadways 

Trans Mountain is committed to ensuring the safety of the public and workers as the Project undergoes construction. The Traffic and Access Control Management Plan provides direction to Project contractors regarding minimum requirements for maintaining safe work environments and minimizing traffic disruption to the travelling public. Read more about the development of the plans here.

Read the Condition 73 filing.

Condition 81 - Westridge Marine Terminal Environmental Protection Plan

Trans Mountain has developed plans covering a wide range of environmental requirements that must be implemented before, during and after construction along the pipeline right-of-way, facilities and related access areas. Environmental Protection Plans (EPPs) detail the actions required to ensure protection of land, plants, wildlife, fish and the marine environment in all phases of the Project. EPPs also cover community impacts such as traffic, noise, air quality and the socio-economic effects of our Project workforce, particularly in smaller communities along the construction footprint. Read more about EPPs here.

Read the Condition 81 filing.

Condition 90 – Consultation on improvements to Trans Mountain’s Emergency Management Program 

Our goal is to develop an industry-leading Emergency Management Program (EMP) reflecting the added scope of the proposed Expansion Project. We’ll be developing the enhanced EMP, including Emergency Response Plans, in collaboration with local public safety agencies and Aboriginal groups. Read more about the process involved in developing an enhanced Emergency Management Program here.

Read the Condition 90 filing.

Condition 91 – Plan for implementing, monitoring and complying with marine shipping-related commitments

As part of our Application to the NEB we’ve identified and proposed additional measures building on the current marine safety regime and further mitigate risk due to increased tanker traffic. Once implemented, they are expected to raise the level of care and safety in the region to well above globally-accepted shipping standards. A number of these measures are already underway. Read more about the marine safety enhancements already underway in local waters here.

Read the Condition 91 filing.

Condition 109 – Authorization(s) under paragraph 35(2)(b) of the Fisheries Act – Westridge Marine Terminal

Fisheries and Oceans Canada determined the construction of the Westridge Marine Terminal expansion requires Authorization under paragraph 35(2)(b) of the Fisheries Act.The Authorization for this work was issued to Trans Mountain on September 8, 2017 and can be viewed here.