National Energy Board Orders Shutdown of Trans Mountain Shipyard

The National Energy Board (NEB) on Friday officially ordered the shutdown of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, following the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal, which canceled Thursday Ottawa’s approval of the project – and the NEB’s certificate.

In the absence of such a certificate, the Agency expects Trans Mountain to safely terminate all construction work on the pipeline route, in order to minimize the impacts on the pipeline. environment.

ONE also promises to monitor the entire operation and take the necessary steps to ensure that the rules are followed. The federal agency adds that it will continue to monitor the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline, to ensure the safe operation of these facilities.

The Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed Ottawa’s approval of the pipeline’s expansion, which will double the existing pipeline from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby Harbor in British Columbia. This expansion would triple the amount of oil shipped to the Pacific coast, allowing producers to obtain a better price in foreign markets.

The three-member panel of the Federal Court of Appeal found, among other things, a lack of consultation with Aboriginal communities. The court also found that the NEB did not consider the impact of the project on vessel traffic in Vancouver Bay.

To settle a dispute between the governments of Alberta and British Columbia, which was holding back work, the federal government decided to become the owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline, built in the 1950s. Billion dollars, approved Thursday by shareholders of Kinder Morgan, was finalized Friday.

Under the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling, the NEB and the government will now have to re-open certain stages of the environmental assessment and First Nations consultation process before resuming Trans Mountain’s expansion.

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