On October 3, 2018, the Government of Canada announced first steps to be taken in response to the federal court of appeal’s August 30, 2018 decision on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX), which include:
- Not appealing the Court’s decision
- Re-initiating Phase III consultations with all 117 indigenous groups impacted by the project, and
- Appointing former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, as a federal representative to oversee the consultation process.
View the Government of Canada’s announcement regarding re-initiating Phase III consultations for TMX.
On December 16, 2013, Kinder Morgan filed a Facilities Application with the National Energy Board for the proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (TMX). This project involves expanding the current Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the Westridge Terminal on Burrard Inlet in Burnaby, BC. The TMX proposes to twin the existing pipeline to increase its capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil per day to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.
The TMX is expected to increase marine traffic from 5 to 34 oil tankers per month at the Westridge Terminal. The distance from the shipping lane that vessels use to reach the Westridge Terminal in Burrard Inlet at its closest point is approximately 10 kilometres from Delta’s Brunswick Point dike.
Delta has submitted a number of comments on the project, primarily related to concerns regarding spill response from a tanker spill or pipeline spill that could potentially impact Delta’s marine and estuarine areas.
Government of Canada’s Purchase of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project & Reconsideration of Public Hearing
On May 29, 2018, the Government of Canada announced their intention to purchase the Trans Mountain Pipeline from Kinder Morgan. As well, an August 30, 2018 decision by the Federal Court of Appeal, quashed the Order in Council that approved the TMX and nullified the certificate issued by the National Energy Board (NEB) for the project. As a result, the federal government referred aspects of the NEB’s May 2016 recommendation report back to the NEB for reconsideration on September 20, 2018. View the September 26, 2018 news release issued by the NEB, announcing it will hold a public hearing to carry out reconsideration of the TMX.
The Government of Canada has directed the NEB to complete the reconsideration process and issue its resulting report no later than February 22, 2019. See additional information regarding reconsideration.
Reports and Related Documents
National Energy Board - Trans Mountain Pipeline Project
For any questions on Delta's involvement, please contact:
Mike Brotherston, Manager of Climate Action & Environment