NEB rejects Burnaby request to rescind Trans Mountain orders

On Friday, the National Energy Board announced it has rejected a request from the City of Burnaby to rescind two orders that allow the Trans Mountain pipeline to work on pipeline relocations and decommissioning works at the company’s Burnaby terminal.

According to the NEB, the decision will allow Trans Mountain to modify existing the pipeline and related infrastructure within the facility.

The City of Burnaby requested the NEB rescind the orders after the Federal Court of Appeal judgement of Aug. 30 which quashed the federal government’s approval of the $9.3 billion project.

At that time, the City of Burnaby argued that the works authorized in the two orders were mostly to allow for construction of infrastructure related to the project.

In its decision, the NEB said piping modifications at the Burnaby terminal are not associated with the expansion project. The company had been granted permission to install about 1.6 Km of new piping and decommission approximately 1.3 Km of piping, independent of the Trans Mountain Expansion project.

As well, the NEB ruled the relocation and decommissioning orders appropriately allow Trans Mountain to optimize the site in preparation to offer new services to shippers.

The NEB is also allowing the company to continue tree clearing on its property, widening of an access road and installation of a security fence as part of the approved works.

The regulator also concluded that replacement of the original piping designed to allow the passage of in-line inspection tools will improve the integrity of the Burnaby terminal.

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