The National Energy Board (NEB) released a condition compliance Letter Report that gives Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) NEB approval to start construction of its expansion project on Segments 1 to 4 (also referred to as spreads), from the Edmonton Terminal to its Darfield Pump Station north of Kamloops in the British Columbia Interior.
Letter Report No. 21, addresses a number of remaining pre-construction engineering conditions for the project. When considered in conjunction with Letter Report No. 20, released on Aug. 3, which approved the Environmental Alignment Sheets and Resource-specific Mitigation Tables for Spreads 1 to 4, Trans Mountain has now met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for Spreads 1 through 4.
The NEB has also approved more than 96 per cent of the detailed route for those segments of the pipeline. Subject to other federal, provincial and municipal permits and regulations, the company can now begin construction in these segments of the pipeline, which includes clearing of the right of way.
Of the 50 detailed route hearings that were granted for Spreads 1 to 4, 36 were withdrawn by the applicants. Thirteen hearings went before an NEB panel, 11 decisions have been released and one landowner withdrew after their hearing. Two active hearings remain for Spreads 1 through 4 and no construction work related to these hearings is permitted while they are pending.
For the entire pipeline route, 72 percent of the entire detailed route has now been approved. Hearings for the final segment – Segment 6 – are scheduled to begin in Chilliwack in October, 2018.
The NEB will continue to provide regulatory oversight throughout all stages of this project to protect the public and the environment. For more information on the NEB’s regulatory compliance work for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, please go to the NEB website.
SOURCE – National Energy Board