The Government of Canada has set up a Ministerial Panel to hear from Canadians on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
As part of these engagement efforts, the Government of Canada has launched an online questionnaire for Canadians to submit their feedback on the project.
The feedback that the Ministerial Panel receives will help inform the Government’s final decision on the project, expected later this year.
Follow the link below to voice your thoughts on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project:
Update on Trans Mountain:
The National Energy Board sanctioned the $6.8-billion project in May, and the federal cabinet is expected to issue its decision by the end of the year. A three-member panel has been appointed to conduct a separate environmental review and report to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr by November. Carr said the panel will add an extra layer of consultation, especially with indigenous communities.
To go ahead with the project, Kinder Morgan would also have to address 157 environmental, safety and financial conditions placed on it by the energy board, including holding $1.1 billion in liability coverage and detailing its plans to reduce and offset emissions. The board said the project is the first to be required to detail plans for offsetting emissions.
The project still faces fierce opposition. A number of groups including the City of Vancouver have launched court challenges aimed at quashing the energy board’s approval. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, on the other hand, has said the pipeline is in the best interests of her province and Canada.
B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office is conducting a review that includes First Nations consultation, following a B.C. Supreme Court ruling in January on Northern Gateway that also impacted Trans Mountain.
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