As construction planning for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project continues, various teams are working hard behind the scenes to ensure we meet the 157 conditions set out by the National Energy Board (NEB). 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. As of June 1, 2017, Trans Mountain has filed 89 compliance filings with the NEB in fulfillment of the conditions. These filings include:

Condition 45 – Weed and Vegetation Management Plan

The Weed and Vegetation Management Plan was developed following extensive consultation with Aboriginal groups, regulatory authorities, invasive species councils and stakeholders. The plan outlines procedures that will be implemented to identify, prevent, control, contain, and monitor the introduction or spread of invasive plant species (weeds) along the Project area and adjacent lands.

The plan provides management measures for pre-construction, construction and post construction phases of the Project and include pre-construction surveys of susceptible areas and control treatments, where warranted; promoting awareness of the primary invasive species of concern and weed prevention techniques; and treating and monitoring weed infestations as warranted. It also includes mitigation and control measures for containment species and species that require special management procedures.

You can view the Condition 45 filing here.

Condition 48 – Navigation and navigation safety plan

The navigation and navigation safety plan details Trans Mountain’s plans to ensure potential impacts from the Project on navigation and navigation safety are assessed and mitigated, with detailed information about Project-related crossings of navigable waters. In preparing the Report, Trans Mountain applied the NEB’s definition of navigable waters, which includes “any body of water capable, in its natural state, of being navigated by floating vessels of any description for the purpose of transportation, recreation or commerce, and may also be a human-made feature such as a canal or reservoir”.

The plan provides an updated list of navigable and potentially navigable waterways (including watercourses and wetlands) that may be affected by the Project and a review of assessment outcomes and mitigation measures to address Project effects on navigation and navigation safety for each identified navigable waterway. The plan also summarizes concerns related to navigation and navigation safety raised through Trans Mountain’s stakeholder and Aboriginal engagement to-date and how the Project has addressed and considered them.

You can view the Condition 48 filing here.

Condition 59 – Worker accommodation strategy

The approach to worker accommodation employed by the Project has an important logistical purpose that enables management of socio-economic issues and opportunities associated with a temporary workforce, while at the same time ensuring the support of local communities and businesses and the ability to retain a skilled workforce. The geographic expanse of the Project and the construction schedule was also considered to ensure an adequate level of resourcing in accordance with the planned Project execution.

The Project will have a mixed approach to worker accommodation, including the use of temporary camps in five locations (where available accommodation would not fully meet the needs of the Project) and a mixture of accommodation options in other communities, and as  needed in camp communities, including: hotels and motels; recreational vehicle parks; apartment style rental units; bed and breakfast facilities; and lodging in private residences.

You can view the Condition 59 filing here.

Condition 71 – Riparian Habitat Management Plan

Since 2012, our environmental team has been out in the field studying a wide range of environmental features, including plants, soils, wildlife, species at risk and traditional land use. Following the field studies, extensive analysis was conducted to predict the effects associated with the Project, including those that could be caused by construction, operations, decommissioning or abandonment, as well as potential accidents and malfunctions.

These studies are being used to inform the more than 35 environmental plans Trans Mountain is developing in order to fulfill the NEB Conditions, including a Riparian Habitat Management Plan. The plan is aimed at; (i) minimizing adverse effects of the Project on riparian habitat associated with watercourse crossings; and (ii) ensuring riparian habitats disturbed by the Project will return to pre-construction habitat function over time. As set out in the plan, mitigation and reclamation measures have been developed to establish and support a successional trajectory that will, in time, return riparian habitat to pre-construction or equivalent function.

You can view the Condition 71 filing here.

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

As part of the expansion, we’re reviewing and enhancing our Emergency Management Program (EMP) and associated emergency response plans to address requirements of the expanded system. The Trans Mountain Expansion Project Emergency Management Consultation Plan is focused on soliciting and incorporating feedback from municipal and regional governments, counties, the corresponding first responders along the pipeline corridor, federal and provincial agencies, Aboriginal communities with traditional territory that overlaps the Project corridor, landowners and tenants.

The plan ensures there are multiple opportunities for participants to submit input for consideration into the enhancement of the EMP and is designed to be inclusive, progressive and open to participants throughout all phases of the pre-operations consultation period.

You can view the Condition 90 filing here.

Similar to the application phase, the NEB requires certain information relating to condition compliance to be on the record in order for it to be considered. If a submission is unclear or requires additional information to ensure the condition requirements are met, then the NEB will use Information Requests to complete the record.

You can view all Information Requests and conditions filings on the NEB’s website.