Trans Mountain Expansion Project
Update: March 23, 2017
On November 29,
2016 the Government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
subject to 157 Conditions attached to the Project Certificate of Public
Convenience and Necessity, which was issued by the National Energy Board
on December 1, 2016. Trans Mountain
Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) advises that the date of completion for the
expanded pipeline and associated facilities and infrastructure will be targeted
for December 2019.
In the Township of
Langley, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project involves construction of
approximately 20 km of new pipeline, with approximately 12 km following the
existing pipeline corridor, and the remaining 8 km deviating from the existing
corridor. Trans Mountain anticipates pipeline construction in the Township to
begin in 2018, with preliminary works scheduled to begin in fall 2017.
The Township of Langley remains concerned with Kinder
Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, and has been working with
Trans Mountain in an attempt to address the Township’s concerns. Outstanding issues remain and include finalizing
the detailed alignment of the pipeline through the Township, addressing impact
of the pipeline on the Township’s infrastructure, and confirming the
application of the Township’s bylaws to the construction and operation of the pipeline.
Detailed Route Process
Trans Mountain is
in the process of detailed route approval and filed the Plan, Profile, and Book of Reference (PPBoR) for the Township segment of the
pipeline to the NEB on March 17, 2017.
With the filing of
PPBoR, Trans Mountain must serve a notice on owners whose lands Trans Mountain
proposes to cross. Trans Mountain must
also publish a notice in a local newspaper.
If you are served with
a notice, or if you are not served but anticipate that your lands may be
adversely affected by the detailed route, you have an opportunity to be heard. To do so, you would have to file a written statement
of opposition with the National Energy Board:
• within 30
days of being served, or
those who have not been served, within 30 days from the date of the last
A statement of
opposition must include a statement of interest in the detailed route and the
grounds of opposition. You can find statement
of opposition templates on the National Energy Board website.
Hard Copies of Plan Profile and Book of Reference (PPBOR)
Notices of PPBoR were filed in the Langley
Advance on April 6 and April 13 and in the Langley Times on April 7 and April
14. The notices direct you to view hard copies of PPBoR at the Walnut
Grove Public Library.
Please note that as of April 21, Trans
Mountain has not yet displayed hard copies of PPBoR at Walnut Grove Public
Library. We understand that they expect to do so in the near future. In response to inquiries from the public, the Township has
brought Trans Mountain’s delay to display PPBoR to the attention of the
National Energy Board.
For questions or
to find out more about the detailed route process contact a National Energy Board Process Advisor at
1-800-899-1265 or TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca.
In January 2016, the Township submitted final written arguments to the NEB
as well as participated during the oral hearing sessions in Burnaby.
The Township remains concerned
about various aspects about the project, including:
potential environmental and socio-economic effects;
costs to taxpayers related to the installation and long term operation of
accountability of Kinder Morgan to respond adequately in case of an
Our goal is to ensure the
pipeline project will be subject to its municipal bylaws and policies.