1EB re­leases sched­ule for Trans Moun­tain

The McLeod River Post - - The Patch -

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.

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