What was this engagement about?
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project) is an expansion of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system which transports oil and other products between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, B.C. It will include approximately 987 km of new pipeline, new and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks, and the reactivation of 193 km of existing pipeline.
In September 2019, the BC Court of Appeal, in two cases (1, 2), decided that because the Ministers who issued the provincial EA Certificate for TMX relied on the NEB’s assessment, they should have the opportunity consider the changes in the NEB’s Reconsideration Report (issued in 2019) and determine if any changes to the EA Certificate conditions, or the addition of new ones, are necessary, within the limits of provincial jurisdiction. In March 2020, the Ministers directed the Environmental Assessment Office to undertake a reconsideration process and prepare a report to advise their decision on whether to add or amend any conditions to the TMX Environmental Assessment Certificate.
We were seeking public comments on the Draft Provincial Reconsideration Report during this process to help ensure we’re considering all the relevant details. The public Comment period was open until March 1st, 2021.
For more information, please visit the Trans Mountain Expansion Page engagement site.
How can my contribution make a difference?
Following completion of the public comment period, the EAO will be revising the reconsideration report in consideration of all feedback received. The EAO will also be providing additional opportunity for comment and engagement to Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the City of Vancouver, Trans Mountain, and provincial and federal government agencies. As appropriate, the EAO will have further engagement with other Indigenous groups and parties.
The EAO expects to finalize the reconsideration report by early summer 2021 and provide it to Ministers to inform their decision on whether to add or amend any conditions to the TMX Environmental Assessment Certificate.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: January 15 to March 1, 2021
Category: Environmental Protection