The National Energy Board (NEB) regulates the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The NEB, an independent federal agency established in 1959, regulates the construction and operation of interprovincial and international oil and gas pipelines.

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

In addition to the regulatory process, Trans Mountain continues to actively engage with Aboriginal communities, landowners and many other potentially affected individuals and groups. The 157 conditions set forth in the approval of the Project require us to submit updates to the NEB as we meet these conditions. The conditions apply during various stages of the Project’s lifecycle, including before construction, during construction and during operation of the pipeline system. More details about the conditions can be found on the NEB website.

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. 

 A timeline of regulatory events is below:

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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.