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.
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.