The National Energy Board (NEB) announced that detailed route hearings for Segments 3 & 4 of the Trans Mountain expansion project are expected to begin in February 2018. Hearings will take place in Valemount and Clearwater, B.C. (Canada).
Previously, the NEB announced detailed route hearings for Segments 1 & 2 in Alberta, and for Segment 7 in the Burnaby (B.C.) area. Hearings for the remaining Segments 5 & 6 (Kamloops (B.C.) through to the Lower Mainland) will be announced at a later date.
The NEB received 22 statements of opposition to Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC’s proposed detailed route through Segments 3 & 4. A total of 20 detailed route hearings for this section of the pipeline were granted and two statements of opposition were withdrawn.
Approximately 150 km of detailed route plans within Segments 3 & 4 that were not opposed by landowners or affected persons have now been approved by the NEB. Prior to beginning construction in these areas, the company must satisfy all applicable NEB pre-construction conditions.
The 1147 km pipeline project was approved by the Government of Canada in November 2016 along an approximate 150 m wide pipeline corridor. The detailed route approval process will determine the exact placement of the new pipeline within the approved corridor.
The NEB also placed 157 conditions on the project. While many conditions address the full lifespan of the pipeline, there are 98 pre-construction conditions applicable to various phases and components of the project. Canadians can monitor Trans Mountain’s condition compliance through the NEB’s interactive condition compliance tracker.
Participants in detailed route hearings may submit a claim directly to Trans Mountain for reasonable costs of their participation, and advance funding arrangements may be available.
“The detailed route hearing process is a very important part of the NEB’s regulatory oversight role. It focuses on the specific concerns of landowners or affected persons directly impacted by the proposed route. By listening to their concerns, the NEB can ensure that the pipeline is placed in the best possible location,” said Peter Watson, Chair & CEO, National Energy Board.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/project-news/17112017/hearings-for-trans-mountain-segments-3-4-to-begin-in-february-2018/