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Pipeline expansion hearings set for next week


January 12, 2018  


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Hearings on the pipeline expansion route in Chilliwack, B.C. are set to begin on Monday.

The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold an oral hearing beginning on Monday, January 15 at 1 p.m. (local time) to consider an application from Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) to alter part of the proposed route for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in the City of Chilliwack. The hearing will be held at the Coast Chilliwack Hotel in Chilliwack, B.C.

Trans Mountain applied to the NEB under section 21 of the National Energy Board Act for the Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment. The approved corridor for the pipeline in Chilliwack follows a BC Hydro right of way between 500 kV overhead transmission lines. Trans Mountain has proposed re-routing 1.8 km of the new pipeline so that it would be within the existing Trans Mountain pipeline right of way.

The NEB Hearing Panel will hear from intervenors including the City of Chilliwack, WaterWealth, and the S’ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance. The schedule of participants, which is subject to change, is available in Procedural Update #4.

The NEB recognizes that Indigenous Peoples have an oral tradition for sharing stories, lessons, and knowledge from generation to generation. As this information cannot always be shared adequately in writing, the NEB intends to hear Oral Traditional Evidence from the S’ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance on January 15.

The hearing is scheduled to run until Friday, Jan. 19. The hearing panel wishes to provide a safe and secure opportunity for all participants. Access to the hearing room will be limited to intervenors and their registered guests, Trans Mountain staff, NEB staff and accredited media. Those unable to attend the hearing in person can access both a live audio feed and a daily transcript at www.neb-one.gc.ca/transmountainexpansion.

(newswire)