Trans Mountain Pipeline Update

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

Trans Mountain’s 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.

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 results of public engagement report and summary were presented to Council.  They are available here.

Since that time, the City has been active in the public hearing process and has submitted an information request, written evidence and most recently a final written argument.

The final argument can be viewed here. The City of Victoria believes that the National Energy Board must dismiss Trans Mountain's application because the project is not in the public interest and the risks to communities located along the tanker shipping route far outweigh any potential benefits.

Next Steps
Mayor Helps and Councillor Isitt are scheduled to present the City’s oral argument on the afternoon of Monday, January 25 in Burnaby. 

Learn more about this process here.