1EB releases schedule for Trans Mountain
The 1ational Energy Board 1EB has released a hearing order setting out next steps and schedule as well as reTuests for information from Trans Mountain and )ederal Authorities reTuired for its reconsideration of aspects of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project pertaining to project-related marine shipping.
The hearing schedule includes filing deadlines starting in October, Oral Traditional Evidence by ,ndigenous groups in 1ovember December and the potential for oral summary argument in -anuary . The schedule responds to the Government of Canada’s direction for the 1EB to reconsider aspects of its May recommendation report – related to the application of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, CEAA and the Species at Risk Act to project-related marine shipping – and to complete the reconsideration process and issue its resulting report no later than )ebruary , .
The hearing order and related letters follow reTuests for comments on, among other things, the hearing process, the draft amended factors and scope of the factors for the environmental assessment under the CEAA , the draft list of issues to be considered, and the spatial limit of projectrelated marine shipping.
,nput gathered from the comment periods assisted the 1EB in determining that projectrelated shipping between the Westridge Marine Terminal and the -nautical-mile territorial sea limit will be included as part of the designated project to be assessed under the CEAA .
“The 1EB’s hearing will be a comprehensive scientific and technical examination of project-related marine shipping. Today’s announcement is a key step in moving this hearing forward and collecting the evidence that the 1EB needs to reconsider aspects of our recommendation report as the Government of Canada has directed.” – Dr. Robert Steedman, Chief Environment Officer, 1ational Energy Board 4uick )acts
• Over the application to participate period Sept. -Oct. the 1EB received applications for intervenor status; the 1EB granted intervenor status to applicants that were intervenors in the original Trans Mountain Expansion Project hearing and granted new applicants intervenor status. • ,n May, the 1EB recommended that the )ederal government approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project subject to conditions. The )ederal Government approved the project in 1ovember .
• The 1EB was involved in various aspects of regulatory oversight of the project from December, to August, , including determining the detailed route and a variety of condition compliance activities.
• OnAugust , , a )ederal Court of Appeal decision Tuashed the Order in Council approving the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and nullified the Certificate issued by the 1EB for the project.
• Ongoing 1EB processes directly related to the Trans Mountain Expansion project, including consideration of condition compliance filings, Right of Entry applications and detailed route hearing processes, have ceased. The 1EB also expects Trans Mountain to safely cease all construction activity in a manner that minimizes environmental impact.
• On Sept. , , the Government of Canada directed the 1EB to reconsider its recommendations as they are relevant to project-related marine shipping. The Government directed this work to be completed within days.