Sunday, Sept 3, 2017
Chilliwack Route review of "the big dig" early 2018
By National Energy Board
he National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a route realignment hearing in Chilliwack, BC in early 2018, to review a proposal by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC to relocate nearly two kilometres of the previously approved general pipeline corridor within the city.
If approved, the Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment (Chilliwack Realignment) would vary the approved general pipeline corridor of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project by relocating it to be within the existing Trans Mountain pipeline right of way.
"After hearing from the public that there were concerns about the proposed Chilliwack Realignment, the NEB has decided to hold an oral hearing to hear those concerns and receive evidence. This will ensure the NEB has all the information it needs to make a decision in the public interest," said Peter Watson, Chair & CEO, National Energy Board.
When the Federal Government approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in late November, 2016, the resulting certificate included a general pipeline corridor from Edmonton through to Burnaby, B.C. Under section 21 of the National Energy Board Act, the company may apply to the NEB for a variation to the previously-approved general pipeline corridor.
In total, the company submitted seven proposed route variances along the entire general pipeline corridor. Following a comment period, the NEB determined that the Chilliwack Realignment will be granted a public hearing. More details of the proposed variances can be found on the NEB website.
The Chilliwack Realignment hearing will examine the proposed alternative route, including the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of the realignment.
Applications to participate are available now on the NEB's website. The deadline to apply to participate is September 21, 2017.
Funding is available to hearing participants to reduce potential financial impediments to public participation. More information on the Participant Funding Program and how to access it can be found on the NEB's website.
List of Issues
The List of Issues will only consider issues that are relevant to the Chilliwack Realignment. The Board will not reconsider items that were already determined during the Trans Mountain Expansion Project hearing.