Reconsideration Report – Trans Mountain Expansion Project
On February 22, 2019, The National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its Reconsideration Report to the Government of Canada, with an overall recommendation that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project) is in the Canadian public interest and should be approved.
The NEB will impose 156 conditions on the Project if it is approved, and has made 16 new recommendations to the Government of Canada. The recommendations relate to matters that fall outside of the NEB’s regulatory mandate, but within the authority of the Government of Canada.
The Reconsideration report concludes that Project-related marine shipping is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects on the Southern resident killer whale and on Indigenous cultural use associated with the Southern resident killer whale. The NEB also found that greenhouse gas emissions from Project-related marine vessels would likely be significant. While a credible worst-case spill from the Project or a Project-related marine vessel is not likely, if it were to occur the environmental effects would be significant. While these effects weighed heavily in the NEB’s consideration of Project-related marine shipping, the NEB recommends that the Government of Canada find that they can be justified in the circumstances, in light of the considerable benefits of the Project and measures to minimize the effects.
March 15, 2019 – The NEB has updated the English and French electronic versions of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project Reconsideration report (Report), initially released on February 22 and March 1, 2019, respectively. The updated versions correct identified minor typographical and administrative errors (e.g., related to grammar, spelling and formatting). No substantive changes have been made to the Report. Both the English and French versions of the Report have been updated in the public registry on the NEB website. A description and list of corrections made in English and French [Filing A98346] has been sent to all Parties to the hearing.
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