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History of how and why we got involved

What do intervenors and commenters do?

As an intervenor, the City can ask questions, present written evidence, and raise issues with the NEB.

Commenters, such as the Park Board, may make only one written submission to the NEB.

On December 16, 2013, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC applied to the National Energy Board (NEB) to expand its existing pipeline – a 1,150 km route between the Edmonton area and Burnaby, BC.

The $5.4 billion expansion of the 61-year-old pipeline is planned to go through some of the most densely inhabited parts of the Lower Mainland. The existing pipeline will remain operational as part of the enlarged system.

The project would include the reactivation of a 193 km pipeline and the construction of 987 km of new pipeline. If approved, the expanded pipeline would carry both light and heavy oil, including diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands.

The City of Vancouver is selected as an intervenor

On April 2, 2014, The NEB confirmed the City of Vancouver's role as an intervenor in the hearing process assessing the proposed pipeline expansion.

The Vancouver Park Board is participating as a commenter to ensure the NEB considers the potential impacts of the project on parks, beaches, and recent investments to restore the natural habitat around Vancouver waterways.

Learn about the process to participate in the hearings 

How we have gathered feedback

News related to the proposed pipeline

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Statement on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline approval

November 29 2016 - We are disappointed by today's Federal Government decision to approve the pipeline expansion project which is a step back for our environment and economy.

Vancouver City Hall

City reiterates fundamental concerns in written submission to TMP Ministerial Panel

October 4 2016 - Today staff provided an update to Council on our recent involvement in the TransMountain Pipeline (TMP) expansion application and the federal government review process.

Downtown Vancouver

Mayor Robertson tells federal panel Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion is "not worth the risk"

August 18 2016 - Mayor and City Manager present to the federally appointed Trans Mountain Expansion Project Ministerial Panel to advocate against Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion.

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Have your say

Give the Government of Canada your feedback on the expansion project in an online questionnaire.