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Before Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) can begin construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), there are a number of steps that must be completed.

The NEB included 157 conditions on the TMEP, which must be met throughout the lifecycle of the project. You can find the full list of conditions for the TMEP in Appendix 3 (Conditions Applied to Legal Instruments) of the NEB's Recommendation Report [Filing A77045].

Most conditions require Trans Mountain to file documentation with the NEB to demonstrate compliance. In some cases, the NEB will review and approve the documentation before Trans Mountain can move forward. You can see these documents and any related NEB correspondence here [Folder 2981674]. For more information on condition compliance for the TMEP see the Condition compliance information.

Trans Mountain must also file its plans for the detailed route of the TMEP, and follow a process, which was approved by the Board, to let all impacted landowners know about these plans ahead of time. For more information, see the Detailed Route Approval Process information.

Timelines for Regulatory Oversight

Trans Mountain Expansion Regulatory Oversight Process Timeline

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Project Map

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Configuration Map

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Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

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For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
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National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
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Conditions and Requirements

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  • Aug. 3 – NEB issues first set of pre-construction condition approvals for Westridge Marine Terminal (Phase 1) [Filing A85310]
  • July 25 –  NEB issues monthly update on status of Trans Mountain condition compliance filings [Filing A85136]

What’s Next

  • The NEB expects Trans Mountain to continue submitting documents related to the conditions that must be met before the company can commence construction.

Interactive conditions tool

Follow Trans Mountain’s progress towards meeting all 157 Project Conditions on the NEB’s interactive conditions tool.

Background Information

While Trans Mountain has received approvals / authorizations from the NEB to move forward with this Project, there are a number of steps that must be completed before construction can begin.

The NEB has attached 157 conditions to the authorizations. You can find the full list of conditions for this Project in Appendix 3 (Conditions Applied to authorizations) of the NEB's Recommendation Report [Filing A77045] on the Project.

Most of the conditions attached to the authorizations require Trans Mountain to file documentation with the NEB to demonstrate compliance. In some cases, the NEB will need to review and approve the documentation before Trans Mountain can move forward.

You can review all company documents and any related NEB correspondence here [Folder 2981674].

Additional Resources

FAQs: Condition Compliance – Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Detailed Route Approval Process

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What’s Next

Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) has filed the Plan, Profile and Book of Reference (PPBoR) for all segments of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP). A “plan and profile” is a detailed drawing of the pipeline as seen from above (aerial view) and from the side (profile view) showing the exact proposed location of the pipeline. The “book of reference” identifies the lands, provides the names of the landowners and land occupants, and shows the dimensions (length, width and total area) of the right-of-way required for the pipeline.

The company is in the process of serving written notice to landowners along the entire proposed route. Once landowners are served written notice, they have 30 days to file a statement of opposition [WORD 171 KB] with the NEB if there are concerns with the company’s detailed route plans.

Trans Mountain must also publish notices in local newspapers along the pipeline route. Trans Mountain’s last notice was published on 6 June 2017, at which point a 30-day comment period began. Persons who have an interest in lands that may be impacted by the proposed route may file a statement of opposition within the 30-day period began. See Appendix 1 in A83736-1 for a list of publications and publication dates.

Background Information

  • Trans Mountain must seek approvals for the TMEP detailed route.
  • Landowners whose lands are affected by the route of the pipeline will receive a notice and can oppose the route, based on the location of the pipeline or facility, or the methods of timing or construction.
  • A written statement of opposition must be filed with the NEB within 30 days of receiving notice.
  • A written statement of opposition must be made in good faith and cannot just be an opposition to the TMEP itself or about the amount of compensation.
  • If the NEB receives no statements of opposition, it can approve that portion of the route.
  • The company cannot begin construction activities until land rights are acquired, the route is approved, and the drawings are deposited at the registry of deeds or land titles office.

For general information on the Detailed Route Approval Process, please visit Chapter 4 of the NEB’s Landowners Guide.

Additional Resources

FAQs – Detailed Route Approval Process – Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Detailed Route Approval Process

Snapshot: Detailed Route Approval Process

Segment Maps

Trans Mountain has filed individual PPBoRs for all segments. You can access all individual segment maps on the maps index

Maps index

Statement of Opposition

Any person who has been served notice or anticipates that their lands may be adversely affected by Trans Mountain’s proposed detailed route may oppose the proposed detailed route by filing a statement of opposition [WORD 171 KB] with the NEB within 30 days of receiving a notice or from the date the notice is published in a local newspaper. Statements of opposition must be filed online at www.neb-one.gc.ca/efile.

Landowners whose lands are proposed to be crossed by the pipeline route (lands proposed to be acquired) will be served with a notice from Trans Mountain. Should a landowner want to oppose, they must file with the Board a statement of opposition within 30 days from the date of service of the notice.

When Trans Mountain’s last notice has been published, a 30-day comment period will begin. Persons who have an interest in lands that may be impacted by the proposed route may file a statement of opposition within that 30-day period.

The statement of opposition must set out the nature of the person’s interest and the grounds for the opposition to the proposed detailed route of the pipeline. The statement of opposition must relate to one or more of the following matters:

  • the proposed location of the pipeline;
  • the methods of pipeline construction; and/or
  • the timing of pipeline construction.

If the NEB receives a valid written statement of opposition, the NEB will hold a public hearing. In assessing Trans Mountain’s proposed detailed route, the NEB will take all relevant matters into account to determine the best possible detailed route of the pipeline and the most appropriate methods and timing of construction of the pipeline. The detailed route approval process does not reconsider the NEB’s original recommendation on the TMEP.

Download the statement of opposition template [WORD 171 KB].

Learn more about how to file your statement of opposition.

Snapshot: Opposing the Detailed Route

Detailed Route Hearing Regulatory Documents

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Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Route Realignments

Background

On 19 May 2016, the National Energy Board (the Board) issued a report recommending that Governor in Council (GIC) approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), subject to 157 conditions. (A77045) On 29 November 2016, GIC directed the Board to issue Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity OC-64 (Certificate) approving TMEP. The Certificate approval included a general pipeline corridor for the TMEP. The Board is now in the process of considering applications pursuant to section 21 of the NEB Act, which request changes to that approved general pipeline corridor.

In early 2017, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) filed seven applications under section 21 of the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act) to vary the Certificate. Under section 21 of the NEB Act, a company may apply to the Board for a review or change to a decision that has already been made. In this case, Trans Mountain has requested a change to the general corridor approved for the TMEP.

A description of each of the seven route realignments applied for is summarized below. They are listed in the order the applications were received.

Summary of the Applications for Route Realignments

1) Edmonton ATCO Right of Way Route Realignment

On 17 February 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the ATCO Right of Way (RoW) Route Realignment. [Folder 3311861] If approved, the variance would include aligning the TMEP pipeline within 10 m adjacent to the recently built ATCO natural gas pipeline in the Edmonton Transportation/Utility Corridor. The total length of the realignment is 252 m and it parallels the ATCO pipeline. The reroute is approximately 12 m shorter than the approved pipeline corridor.

Edmonton ATCO Right of Way Route  Realignment

2) Edmonton LRT Route Realignment

On 17 February 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the Edmonton LRT Route Realignment. [Folder 3311427] The realignment is 1.66 km and includes aligning the TMEP pipeline with the proposed LRT future expansion route. If approved, 45% of the route would parallel the LRT and 88% would parallel the existing ATCO pipeline. The first 100 m of the realignment does not parallel other linear infrastructure. The realignment is approximately 144 m longer than the previous route and will be located within the Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC).

Edmonton LRT Route Realignment

3) Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve Route Realignment

On 10 March 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve Route Realignment. [Folder 3310984] This portion of the route is located southeast of the Union Bar First Nation Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve No. 16. The realignment bypasses two existing private water wells by shifting the pipeline 12 m to the northeast. This moves the proposed realignment within the existing Trans Mountain pipeline (TMPL) RoW. If approved, a total of 21 m of pipeline would be installed outside of the approved corridor and the realignment reduces the overall pipeline length by 4 m.

The proposed realignment maintains a minimum 2.5 m buffer to the boundary of the Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve No. 16. The work area closest to the boundary is within the exiting TMPL RoW. The closest newest distance and clearing to the Kawkawa Lake IR No. 16 is 12 m from the Indian Reserve boundary.

Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve Route Realignment

4) Westsyde Road Route Realignment

On 10 March 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the Westsyde Road Route Realignment. [Folder 3311532] The route realignment avoids two residential properties on the east side of Westsyde Road by rerouting the pipeline crossing of Westsyde Road to a location that is 105 m south and outside of the approved corridor. The length of the pipeline outside the approved corridor is 89 m. The realignment increases the overall pipeline length by approximately 14 m while decreasing the overall construction footprint of the pipeline by 0.165 ha in the realignment segment.

Westsyde Road Route Realignment

5) Sumas Tank Farm Route Realignment

On 17 March 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the Sumas Tank Farm Route Realignment. [Folder 3311096] The variance goes through Trans Mountain’s Sumas Terminal following the existing feeder line. The realignment exits the terminal to the south through Trans Mountain's property back to the approved corridor. If approved, 50% of the realignment would parallel the existing TMPL and 63 % would be within Trans Mountain property. The realignment is 300 m longer than the approved corridor.

umas Tank Farm Route Realignment

6) ICBC Parking Lot Route Realignment

On 17 March 2017, Trans Mountain applied for the ICBC Parking Lot Route Realignment. [Folder 3311646]  The variance is 403 m. If approved, 45% of the realignment would follow the existing TMPL and the ICBC parking lot. The realignment would have no net impact on the TMEP’s total length. It would result in 18 less highway/road and utility crossings compared to the approved route and will reduce the length of new pipeline in United Boulevard.

ICBC Parking Lot Route Realignment

7) Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment

On 27 March 2017, Trans Mountain filed an application for the Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment. [Folder 3311313] The approved corridor is within a BC Hydro corridor between 500 kV overhead transmission lines. The variance is 500 m shorter than the approved route and is located in the existing pipeline RoW. The realignment is outside of the approved corridor for approximately 1.8 km.

Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment

Request for Public Input

On 26 June 2017, the Board sent a letter to Trans Mountain for each of the applications noted above. The Board required Trans Mountain to serve a copy of the letter, and its appendices, on all persons consulted by Trans Mountain for the realignment applications. It also established a comment period with a deadline for comments from interested persons of 17 July 2017, and for Trans Mountain’s reply by 24 July 2017.

Copies of the letters are available on RegDocs in folder 3279648.

No comments were received for the Edmonton ATCO Right of Way Route Realignment, Edmonton LRT Route Realignment, Kawkawa Lake Indian Reserve Route Realignment, Westsyde Road Route Realignment, and the Sumas Tank Farm Route Realignment.

A comment was received for the ICBC Parking Lot Route Realignment from the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (A84882). Trans Mountain provided a response to the comments (A85098).

Comments were also received from Ian Stephen (A84982) and the City of Chilliwack (A84975) (City). The City requested an extension, which was granted by the Board (A85196). Additional comments from the City and reply from Trans Mountain are respectively due on 14 and 21 August 2017.

Next Steps

The Board has begun its assessment of the applications and has asked information requests to the companies. It is continuing its review. It is also considering the comments received in response to the 26 June 2017 letter in order to determine next steps. 

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Hearing Process

Project Information

On 16 December 2012, Trans Mountain submitted an application [Folder 2392873] to the NEB for the Project.

The Project will include:

  • Pipeline facilities that complete a twinning of the existing 1147 km Trans Mountain pipeline system in Alberta and British Columbia with about 981 km of new buried pipeline;
  • New and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks;
  • Additional tanker loading facilities at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby;
  • Reactivation of 193 km of pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby; and
  • Increase Trans Mountain’s shipping capacity from 300,000 bbl/d to 890,000 bbl/d

Some temporary infrastructure, such as access roads, a worker camp, stockpile sites and contractor staging areas would also be required during construction. 

The Project represents an expansion of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system (i.e., most of the new pipeline will be adjacent to the existing pipeline or along existing corridors). The typical width of the construction Right of Way would be 45 m, including 12 m of permanent easement.

Project Map

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Configuration Map

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Hearing Documents

During the National Energy Board's review of this project, all evidence, letters of comment, Board decisions and other relevant documents must be filed with the National Energy Board and placed on the Board's online document repository. These documents are all accessible to the public and can be found here: [Folder 2392873].

NEB Recommendation Report

On 19 May 2016, the National Energy Board (NEB) issued a report recommending that Governor in Council (GIC) approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project), subject to 157 conditions.  You can read the full Recommendation Report here [Filing A77045].  For more information on the 157 conditions imposed on the project please visit the Trans Mountain Expansion Project: Conditions and Requirements webpage.

On 29 November 2016, Governor in Council directed the NEB to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Government of Canada Reports Related to the Project

In addition to the NEB Recommendation Report, the Government of Canada conducted reviews into the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Archived News Releases

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Lifecycle

Lifecycle of an NEB-regulated pipeline

NEB Lifecycle Regulation

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NEB Oversight

The NEB uses Compliance Verification Activities to observe and gather information about the state of compliance in a specific area of a company’s construction and operations activities, or to investigate whether companies are taking the appropriate preventive or corrective actions. Compliance Verification Activities include:

  • inspections (of facilities under construction or in operation)
  • emergency exercise evaluations
  • emergency procedures manuals reviews
  • formal compliance meetings (to check the progress of programs or corrective actions)
  • management system audits
  • reviews of post-construction monitoring reports

These activities are designed to determine if legislation and regulatory expectations are being followed, to assess if enforcement is required, and to provide feedback to a company. If a noncompliance is noted, follow-up is undertaken to verify corrective actions have been put in place and to apply appropriate enforcement actions if necessary.

The Lifecycle Approach

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Trans Mountain operations and maintenance activities

As part of ongoing oversight of pipelines, companies are required to submit Operations and Maintenance Notifications, if they meet certain criteria (such as working near bodies of water). Trans Mountain ULC Operations and Maintenance Notifications can be found in the Regulatory Document Index [Folder 552813].

NEB Compliance and Enforcement

The National Energy Board is committed to providing information on the safety of the pipelines and facilities it regulates, including information on its compliance and enforcement actions.

We have a number of tools that we use to ensure that the companies that we regulate are meeting their commitments. The NEB uses Compliance Verification Activities to observe and gather information about the state of compliance in a specific area of a company’s operations, or to investigate whether companies are taking the appropriate preventive or corrective actions. Compliance Verification Activities include:

  • inspections (of facilities under construction or in operation)
  • emergency exercise evaluations
  • emergency procedures manuals reviews
  • formal compliance meetings (to check the progress of programs or corrective actions)
  • management system audits
  • reviews of post-construction monitoring reports

These activities are designed to determine if legislation and expectations are being followed, to assess if enforcement is required, and to provide feedback to a company. If our staff see something that is not in compliance with our regulations, they follow-up to make sure that corrective actions have been put in place and apply appropriate enforcement actions if necessary.

Under the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR), companies must immediately notify the National Energy Board of any incident that relates to the construction, operation or abandonment of a pipeline.

As part of ongoing oversight of pipelines, companies are required to submit Operations and Maintenance Notifications, if they meet certain criteria (such as working near bodies of water). Operations and Maintenance Notifications, filed by Enbridge for all of its pipelines, can be found on our website.

Each year the NEB conducts more than 250 Compliance Verification Activities of regulated companies. These tools are effective in allowing the Board to proactively detect and correct non-compliances before they become issues.

In 2011, the NEB began proactively posting information on our compliance and enforcement activities with the goal of providing all relevant information in a manner that is clear and accessible.
Specifically, the NEB publishes in the table below:

  • NEB Inspection Reports (see Inspection Reports – Questions and Answers for more information);
  • NEB Audits of company operations;
  • Inspection Officer Orders;
  • Incident Investigation Reports published by the Board;
  • Information related to Administrative Monetary Penalties;
  • Board Orders (related to safety and environmental protection issues);
  • Board Letters or Directives (related to safety and environmental protection issues);
  • Corrective Action Plans related to the above; and
  • Other relevant documents, including any significant correspondence.

You can find information about our compliance and enforcement activities related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project below:

View Compliance table
Compliance Table
NEB Action Recipient Region/Facility Description Documents  (yyyy-mm-dd)
Emergency Response Exercise Evaluation Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Westridge Marine Terminal Full Scale – Exercise (2015) 2015-10-29
Exercise Evaluation
Compliance Verification Activity (CVA) Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Alberta Field Inspection – Integrity, 1516-164 2015-10-27
CVA Report
Letter and Administrative Monetary Penalty Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Edmonton (AB) Order XO-T260-009-2013 – Leave to Open Application 2014-04-14
Application for Leave to Open
Board Order Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Trans Mountain Pipeline NPS 24 Mainline – Liquids Leak 2013-08-02
Letter and Order
Inspection Officer Order BC Hydro Trans Mountain ULC and Westcoast Energy Inc. / Spectra Energy Transmission pipelines (BC) Unauthorized activities 2013-02-04
Letter and Inspection Officer Order
Inspection Officer Order Rokstad Power Corp. Trans Mountain pipeline (BC) Unauthorized activities 2013-02-04
Letter and Inspection Officer Order
Investigation Trans Mountain Pipeline Sumas Terminal, Abbotsford (BC) Crude oil leak 2012-11-22
Investigation Report

Archived News Releases

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

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