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October 27, 2017 3:41 pm

Trans Mountain Looks to Realign Part of Planned Pipeline

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 7:01 AM

Prince George, B.C.  – While the Province of B.C.  develops its  legal case  in the  ongoing  battle over the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion,   the National Energy Board is  moving forward with plans  for hearings on a  realignment of  part of that  line.

The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a route realignment hearing in Chilliwack in early 2018, to review a proposal by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC to relocate nearly two kilometres of the previously approved general pipeline corridor within the city.

If approved, the Chilliwack Realignment see 1.8 kms of line moved out of a BC Hydro  corridor,   to the existing Trans Mountain pipeline right of way.

The Chilliwack Realignment hearing will examine the proposed alternate route, including the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of the realignment.

Applications to participate are available now on the NEB’s website. The deadline to apply to participate is September 21, 2017.

The expansion project  will also be the subject of  detailed route hearings  in November and December of this year in Alberta,  where   two of the  seven segments of the line are located.  Hearings  on the remaining  five segments,  which are  all located in B.C,  will be held in the new year.

The detailed route hearings are to  determine the exact location of the  new pipeline .

The overall project was  approved by the Federal Government   late last year but there are more than 150  conditions  attached to that approval.


That realignment hearing in Chilliwack is in addition to hearings yet to be announced on the route as a whole. Crazy thing about this realignment is that residents have been opposing the route because it runs across the aquifer Chilliwack uses for drinking water and right past community wells, and now the company has applied to the NEB for a route change that would put the new pipeline even closer to City wells.

Interesting to note that on their “Protecting the Chilliwack Aquifer” flier from some months ago Kinder Morgan said “Chilliwack residents have let us know they care….” It does not say Kinder Morgan cares.

Let’s see the pipeline has been there for over fifty years.

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