Trans Mountain National Energy Board Hearing

In 2014, Victoria Council applied for and received intervenor status in the National Energy Board’s hearing for the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. This role offered the opportunity to submit questions and evidence and present an argument on whether or not the project should be approved.

Background

On behalf of Kinder Morgan, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC is proposing to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline System between Strathcona County, Alberta (near Edmonton) and Burnaby B.C. If approved, the proposed expansion would create a twinned petroleum pipeline system with triple the capacity of the existing system.

Next Steps

In May 2016, the National Energy Board issued a report recommending approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, subject to 157 conditions. The Governor in Council will now consider whether the proposed expansion should proceed. More information can be found on the National Energy Board's website here.

How the City of Victoria has been involved:

  • In the fall of 2014 the City of Victoria collected feedback regarding the proposal to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline.  On December 18, 2014 the engagement report and summary were presented to Council. They are available here.

  • On December 23, the City of Victoria submitted an information request to Trans Mountain. The information request can be viewed here. An additional letter with community concerns was also sent to the President of Kinder Morgan. 

  • Kinder Morgan has sent a response to the additional letter that outlined community concerns that were outside the scope of the National Energy Board's public hearing process. 

  • Kinder Morgan's response to the City of Victoria's formal information request is available here. This document is part of the National Energy Board's public hearing process. 

  • In May 2015, the City of Victoria submitted its Written Evidence to the National Energy Board. The submission included key findings from the public engagement program, concerns with the National Energy Board Hearing Process, concerns regarding potential environmental, social and economic impacts of an oil spill for Victoria and concerns relating to potential spill response. It also contained the position expressed by Victoria City Council on April 30, 2015 that the City opposes the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project in light of the substantial risk to the economy and ecology. The evidence submission can be viewed here.

  • The City of Victoria’s written argument was filed on January 12, 2016. It can be viewed here. Mayor Helps and Councillor Isitt presented the City’s oral argument on Monday, January 25 in Burnaby. Watch the webcast of the hearing.The City of Victoria's position is that the National Energy Board must dismiss Trans Mountain's application because the project is not in the public interest, as the risks to communities located along the tanker shipping route far outweigh any potential benefits.

Learn more about the proposal:

On behalf of Kinder Morgan, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC is proposing to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline System between Strathcona County, Alberta (near Edmonton) and Burnaby B.C. If approved, the proposed expansion would create a twinned petroleum pipeline system with triple the capacity of the existing system.

The oil tanker traffic from this expanded pipeline would travel from Burnaby, through the Haro Strait, and past Victoria, en route to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Trans Mountain states that, “Currently in a typical month, five vessels are loaded with heavy crude oil at the Westridge Marine Terminal (in Burnaby). The expanded system will be capable of servicing 34 Aframax class vessels per month, with actual demand influenced by market conditions.”

Before the expansion can proceed, the National Energy Board is holding a public hearing. They will then make recommendations to the federal government, who will decide whether or not to approve the proposal.

The National Energy Board has identified 12 issues that will be considered during the hearing. Of particular significance to the City of Victoria in its response to Trans Mountain’s proposal is issue #5:

“The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of marine shipping activities that would result from the proposed project, including the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions that may occur.”

http://application.transmountain.com/facilities-application

http://www.transmountain.com/

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If you have any questions about the City's role as an intervenor please email pipeline@victoria.ca.  Thank you for your interest.