NEB Review Process (June 2012 – May 19, 2016)

We undertook an extensive regulatory process with the NEB in order to receive approval to proceed with expanding the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline. Information about the NEB’s hearing process can be seen on the Board's website.

NEB Reconsideration Process (September 2018 – Present)

On September 21, 2018, the NEB received a new Order in Council from the Government of Canada requiring the Board to reconsider its recommendations for the Expansion Project; relevant to project-related marine shipping. 

On September 26, 2018, the NEB announced it will hold a public hearing to carry out its reconsideration related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. On February 22, 2019, the National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its Reconsideration report to the Government of Canada, with an overall recommendation that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is in the Canadian public interest and should be approved. The Project will be subject to 156 conditions enforceable by the NEB.

Additional Regulatory Reviews

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) issued an environmental assessment certificate for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The decision was made after considering the environmental assessment undertaken by the NEB, as well various federal and provincial reports, submissions from Aboriginal groups and the recommendations of the BC Environmental Assessment Office’s Executive Director. 

In addition to the federal authorizations, Trans Mountain participated in Transport Canada’s voluntary Technical Review Process of Marine Terminal Systems and Transshipment Sites (TERMPOL) process to address the increase in marine traffic to offload product from the Project.

National Energy Board

The Parliament of Canada established the National Energy Board (NEB) in 1959 to regulate interprovincial and international aspects of the oil, gas and electric utility industries. The NEB, a fully-independent federal agency, regulates aspects of Canadian pipelines that cross interprovincial or international boundaries.

The Board reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources. The NEB is established under the National Energy Board Act, which sets out the mandate for the National Energy Board. The Act establishes the NEB’s authority in energy projects as well as determining the regulatory boundaries for making decisions. The NEB’s mandate is to promote safety, security, environmental protection, and enhance economic efficiency for the regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. The NEB is responsible for ensuring pipelines are constructed and operated in a safe, secure, environmentally-protective manner. The Board also have jurisdiction over how tolls, or fees, are charged on pipelines.