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.
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.
The NEB required interested parties to apply to participate by February 12, 2014 as intervenors or commenters.
Over 2,100 individuals and groups applied. Fewer than half of the 853 intervenor applicants were successful. 1,250 people and groups were accepted as commenters.
February 11, 2014 – The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is the only elected municipal body of its kind in Canada.
The Park Board is mandated to provide, preserve, and advocate for parks for the benefit of all citizens of Vancouver. It manages 230 parks and 24 kilometers of waterfront along Burrard Inlet, English Bay, and False Creek including Stanley Park.
The Park Board also invests in projects to restore the natural environment around our waterways, including the creation of a salt water marsh at New Brighton Park and the restoration of Jericho Wharf. Our waterfront spaces are also an integral component of Vancouver's recreational lifestyle.
The Park Board has serious concerns about the expansion of oil tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet and the risks that this would pose to our parks and beaches. The public spaces entrusted to our management would be directly affected by an oil spill. A spill would directly impact on public use of these spaces and the local environment.
As advocates for our parks and beaches, we request an opportunity to express our view before the NEB's hearing on the Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC expansion project.
February 10, 2014 – The City of Vancouver is the most densely populated urban marine centre in Canada with 630,000 residents and 70,000 businesses.
Vancouver contributes more than $40 billion per year to the Canadian economy (3 per cent of national GDP). Many residences and businesses, as well as significant park lands and beaches – including Stanley Park, a national historic site – benefit and depend on access to waterfront and Burrard Inlet.
The proposed project includes substantial increases in tanker traffic, land-based storage, and transport of dilbit, all of which will directly impact and increase risks to Vancouver’s economy, public health and safety, and the environment.
Impacts will be magnified in the event of a spill or other accident/malfunction. Direct impacts on Vancouver include, but are not limited to:
Vancouver has critical local knowledge and expertise that will assist the NEB in assessing the project, including:
June 13, 2014 – We launched our online questionnaire to gather input from residents and businesses, which we are sharing with the NEB to ensure all voices are heard.
June 14, 2014 – Together with SFU's Centre for Dialogue, we hosted an "open space" forum for Vancouverites. During the forum, which took place at the Roundhouse Community Centre, participants were invited to learn more about the Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC proposal, and propose and discuss dialogue topics with others.
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.
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.
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.
Give the Government of Canada your feedback on the expansion project in an online questionnaire.