Calgary/Fraser Valley — A new three member federal panel will be gathering more feedback about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at town hall meetings and discussions this summer in 10 communities in Alberta and British Columbia.
While the panel can’t deny the $6.8-billion project, its findings are expected to help Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government make its decision on whether to give final approval, expected by December.
The National Energy Board approved the project in May but attached 157 conditions, saying that two years of hearings and research showed Trans Mountain’s benefit to Canadians outweighs the potential problems.
The new panel said that it will meet with stakeholders in Calgary, Edmonton, Jasper, Alta., and the B.C. communities of Kamloops, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Burnaby, Vancouver and Victoria in July and August.
The Chilliwack meeting will be July 21.
According to the PIPE UP Network Facebook Page – July 21: Chilliwack BC, Coast Chilliwack Hotel
0930-1100: invitational roundtable (landowners)
1230-1630: First Nations roundtable
July 26: Abbotsford BC, Tradex, Hall A
1030-1430: Local government roundtable
1400-1630: NGO roundtable
July 27: Langley BC, Coast Hotel and Conference Center, Cascades Ballroom
1300-1500: First Nations roundtable
1530-1930: Public town hall
July 28: Langley BC, Coast Hotel and Conference Center, Cascades Ballroom
0900-1030: Local government roundtable
1100-1230: Environmental NGO roundtable
1400-1530: Labour and economic roundtable
Texas-based Kinder Morgan is seeking federal approval to triple capacity on the existing Trans Mountain line, which moves diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to Burnaby. The pipeline rolls through the Fraser Valley.
Stolo First Nations Elder and Pipeline activist Erinie Crey took to Facebook to state: “I’m not impressed with Ottawa’s new pipeline panel. They’ve not officially invited us to their meeting planned for July 21st. in Chilliwack. I thought this panel was to be an upgrade from the previous government’s approach on consulting with First Nations. I don’t see the improvement.”