The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold an oral hearing beginning on Monday 15 January at 1 p.m. (local time) to consider an application from Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) to alter part of the proposed route for the Trans Mountain expansion project in the City of Chilliwack. The hearing will be held at the Coast Chilliwack Hotel in Chilliwack, B.C. (Canada).
Trans Mountain applied to the NEB under section 21 of the National Energy Board Act for the Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment. The approved corridor for the pipeline in Chilliwack follows a B.C. Hydro right-of-way (ROW) between 500 kV overhead transmission lines. Trans Mountain has proposed re-routing 1.8 km of the new pipeline so that it would be within the existing Trans Mountain pipeline ROW.
The NEB hearing panel will hear from intervenors including the City of Chilliwack, WaterWealth, and the S'ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance. The schedule of participants, which is subject to change, is available in Procedural Update #4 [Filing A89118].
The NEB recognises that Indigenous Peoples have an oral tradition for sharing stories, lessons and knowledge from generation to generation. As this information cannot always be shared adequately in writing, the NEB intends to hear Oral Traditional Evidence from the S'ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance on 15 January.
The hearing is scheduled to run until Friday 19 January. The hearing panel wishes to provide a safe and secure opportunity for all participants. Access to the hearing room will be limited to intervenors and their registered guests, Trans Mountain staff, NEB staff and accredited media. Those unable to attend the hearing in person can access both a live audio feed and a daily transcript at www.neb-one.gc.ca/transmountainexpansion.
Media accreditation is required for all journalists who wish to attend the hearing in-person. Media must be able to present government issued photo ID along with a business card and/or a letter requesting accreditation on official letterhead of a media organisation, signed by the Publisher, Editor-in-chief or Assignment Editor (along with their contact information). More information on media accreditation is available on the NEB website. Please note that no video or photography will be permitted after the Panel Chair’s opening statement.
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