Why Vancouver cares about the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion

The City is an intervenor in the National Energy Board (NEB) hearing process assessing Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC proposal to significantly expand their pipeline's capacity.

We aim to represent those who live, work, and play in Vancouver by helping the NEB evaluate the project's effects and risks, and the likelihood of oil spills.

Over the last three years, we worked with experts and local partners to submit evidence to the NEB on May 27, 2015. Our legal team presented this evidence to the NEB at the oral summary hearings on February 5, 2016.

Judicial review submitted

We filed an application with the Federal Court of Appeal for a judicial review of the National Energy Board's decision to conditionally recommend Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion project, citing that it is both invalid and unlawful.

Read the Notice of Application  (2.2 MB)

What is proposed

  • Build a second pipeline near the existing 1,150 km Trans Mountain ULC pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby
  • Increase pipeline capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day
  • Increase oil tankers in the Burrard Inlet from five to 34 per month, approximately 400 tankers per year

What we have learned

Discover the potential effects, risks, and public’s opinion on Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion.

NEB process

See the National Energy Board's application and hearing process for the proposed pipeline expansion.

How and why we got involved

Learn how the City and Park Board got involved with the Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC expansion hearings.