Feds Order NEB To Redo Trans Mountain Review – In 22 Weeks

Ottawa/Calgary/Fraser Valley –  22 weeks is not a lot of time for any business to do a thorough review and overhaul a business plan. But that is exactly what has happened.

The National Energy Board has less than six months to redo its environmental review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The caveat is that this go round, taking into account the impact of additional oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.

The decision did not mention consultations with First Nations although in the statement, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said “further consultations with Indigenous peoples will be announced soon.”

Sohi made the announcement Friday morning in Halifax, where Canada is hosting environment and energy ministers at a G7 summit meeting.

Last month, the Federal Court of Appeal tossed the approval the NEB and the cabinet gave the project in 2016.

The reasons were improper consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of review of the marine shipping issue.

This redo only mentions marine shipping safety.

The FVN story on the original decision of Trans Mountain suspending operations of the pipeline can be found here.

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