NEB: Trans Mountain Hearing

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The National Energy Board (NEB) is now considering a proposal by the Texas based Kinder Morgan, Inc to export tar sands crude by pipeline through BC and by tanker through our coastal waters. But the NEB has severely restricted who can formally comment on the proposal and this fails to meet the basic standards of public consultation. As a result, many groups, businesses and individuals who have been excluded from the consultation process are challenging the NEB.

BROKE has helped to make a website available to provide an opportunity for individuals, groups and businesses who have been excluded by the NEB to make their concerns and comments known and to be placed on the public record. You can find the website at Real NEB Hearings and you can add your comment. You can use this comment tool to record your concerns and questions so they become part of the public record.

Many Intervenors also argue that the NEB process is severally flawed because key environmental, geological, health and economic studies have not been filed, Kinder Morgan answers to the first round of Information Requests are inadequate, and that expert evidence is not subject to cross-examination. Intervenors and commentators can also add comments at Real NEB Hearings.

Delayed Trans Mountain Hearing

The National Energy Board announced on July 15, 2014 that the deadline for assessment of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline application has been postponed until January 25, 2016 – after the next federal election.

The delay resulted from Kinder Morgan’s decision to change the preferred route for the new pipeline. The new route will tunnel through Burnaby Mountain from the Forest Hill Tank Farm to the Westridge Terminal. As a result, the NEB requires further studies of the impact and feasibility of the new route through the unstable Burnaby mountain.

A list of revised hearing deadlines can be found on the NEB website. Some of the revised hearing dates are as follows:

  • Intervenors submit Round 2 information requests to Trans Mountain (excluding questions about tunnel routes): Sept 18, 2014
  • Trans Mountain responds to Round 2 intervenor information requests: Oct. 17, 2014
  • Trans Mountain files studies and information on the new tunnel route: Dec 1, 2014
  • Intervenors submit information requests to Trans Mountain related to the tunnel route: Jan 13, 2015
  • New deadline for commenters to file letter of comment: March 16, 2015
  • Deadline for intervenors to file written evidence: March 16, 2015
  • Deadline for intervenors to file written argument: July 29, 2015
  • Oral hearings (Without all important cross-examination of witnesses. As explained below, this is being challenged): July 2015
  • NEB releases its final report and recommendations: 25 January, 2016

For more information about Intervenors, commentators, the Trans Mountain application and the NEB go to the sub-menus of the NEB Hearing menu above.