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B.C. to hold route hearings for Trans Mountain expansion project

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The National Energy Board (NEB) announced the week of 22 January that detailed route hearings for Segment 5 of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project are expected to begin in late April or early May 2018. Hearings will take place in Merritt and Kamloops, British Columbia (B.C.).

Previously, the NEB announced detailed route hearings for Segments 1, 2, 3 and 4 in B.C. and Alberta, as well as Segment 7 in the Burnaby, B.C. area. Hearings for the remaining Segment 6 (Kamloops, B.C. through to the Lower Mainland) will be announced at a later date.

On 26 January, the NEB also approved portions of the detailed route in Segment 5 that were not opposed by landowners or affected persons. To date, nearly 56% of the entire detailed route has 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 long Trans Mountain expansion project – along an approximately 150 m wide pipeline corridor – was approved by the Government of Canada in November 2016. This project includes the reactivation of roughly 158 km of existing pipeline. The detailed route approval process will determine the exact placement of the new pipeline within the approved corridor.

Peter Watson, Chair & CEO, National Energy Board, stated: "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."

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