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Before Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) can begin construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), there are a number of steps that must be completed.

The NEB included 157 conditions on the TMEP, which must be met throughout the lifecycle of the project. You can find the full list of conditions for the TMEP in Appendix 3 (Conditions Applied to Legal Instruments) of the NEB's Recommendation Report [Filing A77045].

Most conditions require Trans Mountain to file documentation with the NEB to demonstrate compliance. In some cases, the NEB will review and approve the documentation before Trans Mountain can move forward. You can see these documents and any related NEB correspondence here [Folder 2981674]. For more information on condition compliance for the TMEP see the Condition compliance information.

Trans Mountain must also file its plans for the detailed route of the TMEP, and follow a process, which was approved by the Board, to let all impacted landowners know about these plans ahead of time. For more information, see the Detailed Route Approval Process information.

Timelines for Regulatory Oversight

Trans Mountain Expansion Regulatory Oversight Process Timeline

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Project Map

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Configuration Map

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Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Conditions and Requirements

Latest Updates

  • Coming in May 2017 – Follow Trans Mountain’s progress towards meeting all 157 Project Conditions on the NEB’s Interactive Condition Compliance Tracker
  • March 22 –  NEB Board member appointed to oversee condition compliance
  • March 6 – FAQs: Trans Mountain Condition Compliance

What’s Next

  • The NEB expects Trans Mountain to continue submitting documents related to the conditions that must be met before the company can commence construction.

Background Information

While Trans Mountain has received approvals / authorizations from the NEB to move forward with this Project, there are a number of steps that must be completed before construction can begin.

The NEB has attached 157 conditions to the authorizations. You can find the full list of conditions for this Project in Appendix 3 (Conditions Applied to authorizations) of the NEB's Recommendation Report [Filing A77045] on the Project.

Most of the conditions attached to the authorizations require Trans Mountain to file documentation with the NEB to demonstrate compliance. In some cases, the NEB will need to review and approve the documentation before Trans Mountain can move forward.

You can review all company documents and any related NEB correspondence here [Folder 2981674].

Additional Resources

FAQs: Condition Compliance – Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Detailed Route Approval Process

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What’s Next

Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) has filed the Plan, Profile and Book of Reference (PPBoR) for all segments of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP). A “plan and profile” is a detailed drawing of the pipeline as seen from above (aerial view) and from the side (profile view) showing the exact proposed location of the pipeline. The “book of reference” identifies the lands, provides the names of the landowners and land occupants, and shows the dimensions (length, width and total area) of the right-of-way required for the pipeline.

The company can now serve written notice to landowners along the entire proposed route. Trans Mountain must also publish notices in local newspapers along the pipeline route Once landowners are served written notice, they have 30 days to file a Statement of Opposition with the NEB if there are concerns with the company’s detailed route plans. See Appendix A in A81964-1 for a list of publications and publication dates.

Any person who has been served notice or anticipates that their lands may be adversely affected by Trans Mountain’s proposed detailed route may oppose the proposed detailed route by filing a statement of opposition [WORD 171 KB] with the NEB within the relevant 30-day comment period. See the “Statement of Opposition” section on this webpage for more information and a link to the template.

Background Information

  • Trans Mountain must seek approvals for the TMEP detailed route.
  • Landowners whose lands are affected by the route of the pipeline will receive a notice and can oppose the route, based on the location of the pipeline or facility, or the methods of timing or construction.
  • A written statement of opposition must be filed with the NEB within 30 days of receiving notice.
  • A written statement of opposition must be made in good faith and cannot just be an opposition to the TMEP itself or about the amount of compensation.
  • If the NEB receives no statements of opposition, it can approve that portion of the route.
  • The company cannot begin construction activities until land rights are acquired, the route is approved, and the drawings are deposited at the registry of deeds or land titles office.

For general information on the Detailed Route Approval Process, please visit Chapter 4 of the NEB’s Landowners Guide.

Additional Resources

FAQs – Detailed Route Approval Process – Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Detailed Route Approval Process

Snapshot: Detailed Route Approval Process

Segment Maps

Trans Mountain has filed individual PPBoRs for all segments. You can access all individual segment maps on the maps index

Maps index

Statement of Opposition

Any person who has been served notice or anticipates that their lands may be adversely affected by Trans Mountain’s proposed detailed route may oppose the proposed detailed route by filing a statement of opposition [WORD 171 KB] with the NEB within 30 days of receiving a notice or from the date the notice is published in a local newspaper. Statements of opposition must be filed online at www.neb-one.gc.ca/efile.

The statement of opposition must set out the nature of the person’s interest and the grounds for the opposition to the proposed detailed route of the pipeline. The statement of opposition must relate to one or more of the following matters:

  • the proposed location of the pipeline;
  • the methods of pipeline construction; and/or
  • the timing of pipeline construction.

If the NEB receives a valid written statement of opposition, the NEB will hold a public hearing. In assessing Trans Mountain’s proposed detailed route, the NEB will take all relevant matters into account to determine the best possible detailed route of the pipeline and the most appropriate methods and timing of construction of the pipeline. The detailed route approval process does not reconsider the NEB’s original recommendation on the TMEP.

Download the statement of opposition template [WORD 171 KB].

Learn more about how to file your statement of opposition.

Snapshot: Opposing the Detailed Route

Detailed Route Hearing Regulatory Documents

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Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Hearing Process

Project Information

On 16 December 2012, Trans Mountain submitted an application [Folder 2392873] to the NEB for the Project.

The Project will include:

  • Pipeline facilities that complete a twinning of the existing 1147 km Trans Mountain pipeline system in Alberta and British Columbia with about 981 km of new buried pipeline;
  • New and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks;
  • Additional tanker loading facilities at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby;
  • Reactivation of 193 km of pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby; and
  • Increase Trans Mountain’s shipping capacity from 300,000 bbl/d to 890,000 bbl/d

Some temporary infrastructure, such as access roads, a worker camp, stockpile sites and contractor staging areas would also be required during construction. 

The Project represents an expansion of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system (i.e., most of the new pipeline will be adjacent to the existing pipeline or along existing corridors). The typical width of the construction Right of Way would be 45 m, including 12 m of permanent easement.

Project Map

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Configuration Map

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Hearing Documents

During the National Energy Board's review of this project, all evidence, letters of comment, Board decisions and other relevant documents must be filed with the National Energy Board and placed on the Board's online document repository. These documents are all accessible to the public and can be found here: [Folder 2392873].

NEB Recommendation Report

On 19 May 2016, the National Energy Board (NEB) issued a report recommending that Governor in Council (GIC) approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project), subject to 157 conditions.  You can read the full Recommendation Report here [Filing A77045].  For more information on the 157 conditions imposed on the project please visit the Trans Mountain Expansion Project: Conditions and Requirements webpage.

On 29 November 2016, Governor in Council directed the NEB to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Government of Canada Reports Related to the Project

In addition to the NEB Recommendation Report, the Government of Canada conducted reviews into the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Archived News Releases

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

Lifecycle

Lifecycle of an NEB-regulated pipeline

NEB Lifecycle Regulation

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NEB Oversight

The NEB uses Compliance Verification Activities to observe and gather information about the state of compliance in a specific area of a company’s construction and operations activities, or to investigate whether companies are taking the appropriate preventive or corrective actions. Compliance Verification Activities include:

  • inspections (of facilities under construction or in operation)
  • emergency exercise evaluations
  • emergency procedures manuals reviews
  • formal compliance meetings (to check the progress of programs or corrective actions)
  • management system audits
  • reviews of post-construction monitoring reports

These activities are designed to determine if legislation and regulatory expectations are being followed, to assess if enforcement is required, and to provide feedback to a company. If a noncompliance is noted, follow-up is undertaken to verify corrective actions have been put in place and to apply appropriate enforcement actions if necessary.

The Lifecycle Approach

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Trans Mountain operations and maintenance activities

As part of ongoing oversight of pipelines, companies are required to submit Operations and Maintenance Notifications, if they meet certain criteria (such as working near bodies of water). Trans Mountain ULC Operations and Maintenance Notifications can be found in the Regulatory Document Index [Folder 552813].

NEB Compliance and Enforcement

The National Energy Board is committed to providing information on the safety of the pipelines and facilities it regulates, including information on its compliance and enforcement actions.

We have a number of tools that we use to ensure that the companies that we regulate are meeting their commitments. The NEB uses Compliance Verification Activities to observe and gather information about the state of compliance in a specific area of a company’s operations, or to investigate whether companies are taking the appropriate preventive or corrective actions. Compliance Verification Activities include:

  • inspections (of facilities under construction or in operation)
  • emergency exercise evaluations
  • emergency procedures manuals reviews
  • formal compliance meetings (to check the progress of programs or corrective actions)
  • management system audits
  • reviews of post-construction monitoring reports

These activities are designed to determine if legislation and expectations are being followed, to assess if enforcement is required, and to provide feedback to a company. If our staff see something that is not in compliance with our regulations, they follow-up to make sure that corrective actions have been put in place and apply appropriate enforcement actions if necessary.

Under the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR), companies must immediately notify the National Energy Board of any incident that relates to the construction, operation or abandonment of a pipeline.

As part of ongoing oversight of pipelines, companies are required to submit Operations and Maintenance Notifications, if they meet certain criteria (such as working near bodies of water). Operations and Maintenance Notifications, filed by Enbridge for all of its pipelines, can be found on our website.

Each year the NEB conducts more than 250 Compliance Verification Activities of regulated companies. These tools are effective in allowing the Board to proactively detect and correct non-compliances before they become issues.

In 2011, the NEB began proactively posting information on our compliance and enforcement activities with the goal of providing all relevant information in a manner that is clear and accessible.
Specifically, the NEB publishes in the table below:

  • NEB Inspection Reports (see Inspection Reports – Questions and Answers for more information);
  • NEB Audits of company operations;
  • Inspection Officer Orders;
  • Incident Investigation Reports published by the Board;
  • Information related to Administrative Monetary Penalties;
  • Board Orders (related to safety and environmental protection issues);
  • Board Letters or Directives (related to safety and environmental protection issues);
  • Corrective Action Plans related to the above; and
  • Other relevant documents, including any significant correspondence.

You can find information about our compliance and enforcement activities related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project below:

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Compliance Table
NEB Action Recipient Region/Facility Description Documents  (yyyy-mm-dd)
Emergency Response Exercise Evaluation Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Westridge Marine Terminal Full Scale – Exercise (2015) 2015-10-29
Exercise Evaluation
Compliance Verification Activity (CVA) Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Alberta Field Inspection – Integrity, 1516-164 2015-10-27
CVA Report
Letter and Administrative Monetary Penalty Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Edmonton (AB) Order XO-T260-009-2013 – Leave to Open Application 2014-04-14
Application for Leave to Open
Board Order Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Trans Mountain Pipeline NPS 24 Mainline – Liquids Leak 2013-08-02
Letter and Order
Inspection Officer Order BC Hydro Trans Mountain ULC and Westcoast Energy Inc. / Spectra Energy Transmission pipelines (BC) Unauthorized activities 2013-02-04
Letter and Inspection Officer Order
Inspection Officer Order Rokstad Power Corp. Trans Mountain pipeline (BC) Unauthorized activities 2013-02-04
Letter and Inspection Officer Order
Investigation Trans Mountain Pipeline Sumas Terminal, Abbotsford (BC) Crude oil leak 2012-11-22
Investigation Report

Archived News Releases

Contact Us

For more information about the Trans Mountain Expansion project, please contact:

Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
E-mail: TMX.ProcessHelp@neb-one.gc.ca
Fax: 403-292-5503
Toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803
TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

James Stevenson
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
E-mail: james.stevenson@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-613-6126
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

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