Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

Since April 2014, the City of North Vancouver has been participating as an intervenor in the National Energy Board (NEB) hearing process for the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

See News Release: City of North Vancouver Remains Opposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (December 19, 2016)
See News Release: City of North Vancouver Opposes Trans Mountain Expansion Project   (January 19, 2016)

On January 12, 2016, the City submitted an Argument in Chief to the NEB.  After careful consideration of the evidence, the City has concluded that the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is not in the public’s interest for the following reasons:

  • The likelihood of an oil spill in Burrard Inlet or English Bay is high; and
  • A marine spill, small or large, will impact the City of North Vancouver.

A summary of the City’s Final Argument was presented at the National Energy Board Hearing in Burnaby on January 25, 2016.

You can view an archived video of the City’s presentation here.

Trans Mountain Expansion Project Ministerial Panel

On January 27, 2016 the Government of Canada released a statement outlining an approach to restore trust in the federal environmental assessment process. Following this statement, the Government established the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Ministerial Panel with the objective to engage with indigenous groups and communities to identify additional views that could be relevant to the Government’s final decision.

The TMX Ministerial Panel is holding a series of roundtable and town hall meetings in July and August to consult with local communities, stakeholders, and Indigenous groups. The purpose of these meetings is to identify additional views that could be relevant to the Government’s final decision on the project. North Vancouver meetings are scheduled for August 19, 2016.

National Energy Board Review Process

The NEB is an independent federal energy and safety regulator that conducts reviews of major energy projects, such as the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project has been proposed to transfer increased volumes of heavy crude oil - predominantly diluted bitumen (dilbit) - from Edmonton to Burnaby. The proposed project includes the construction of 987 km of new pipeline and the reactivation of 192 km of existing pipeline with the combined capacity to move 890,000 barrels of oil per day. In addition, the project scope includes a 7-fold increase in the current tanker loading at Westridge Marine Terminal in Burrard Inlet, from 5 to 35 tankers a month. See NEB Hearing Process (PDF)

 
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As an intervenor, the City participated by:

  • Submitting Information Requests (IRs);
  • Submitting Notice of Motions;
  • Submitting Written Evidence;
  • Commenting on NEB draft conditions;
  • Submitting and presenting an Argument in Chief.

Submissions to Date

Information Report to Council (January 2016)

Final Written Argument in Chief (January 2016)

Notice to Provide and oral summary of argument (June 2015)

Evidence: Affidavit of North Shore Emergency Management (May 2015)

Evidence: City Profile (May 2015)

Notice of Motion re: Adequacy of Information Request (TERMPOL) responses (March 2015)

Notice of Motion re: Adequacy of Information Request responses (February 2015)

Information Requests to Trans Mountain (TERMPOL) (February 2015)

Information Requests to Trans Mountain (January 2015)

Information Requests to Trans Mountain (January 2015)

Application to Participate (February 2014)

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