Trans Mountain hearings at NEB to meet government deadline
the National energy board has released a schedule it says will allow it to reconsider its approval of the trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in time to meet a Feb. 22 federal government deadline.
the federal regulator is imposing filing deadlines starting this month, will hear oral traditional evidence by Indigenous groups in November and december, and will hear potential oral summary arguments in January.
the plan to triple trans Mountain capacity between edmonton and burnaby, b.c., is in limbo while Ottawa attempts to fulfil a court’s requirements to consult Indigenous communities and consider the environmental impact of additional oil tankers off the coast.
the federal government ordered the Neb to reconsider parts of trans Mountain’s application related to marine shipping and appointed former Supreme court justice Frank Iacobucci to oversee a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities.
the Neb will limit its consideration of shipping to the area between the Westridge Marine terminal and the 12-nautical-mile territorial sea limit.
Pipes are seen at the pipe yard at the Trans Mountain facility in Kamloops, B.C.