Neb sets new conditions on Trans Mountain line expansion » Kallanish Energy News

Canada’s National Energy Board has released draft revisions of already-imposed conditions, along with new recommendations as part of the re-review of the stalled Trans Mountain oil pipeline, Kallanish Energy reports

The board last Thursday proposed amendments to existing conditions related to monitoring marine safety and marine mammal protection from additional oil shipments from British Columbia, and introduced 13 new draft recommendations for comment.

The conditions include requiring suitable tug escorts for tankers in Vancouver, B.C.; speed limits on oil-filed tankers to protect orcas and other species along the shipping route; and calling for a study of human impacts on the marine ecology of British Columbia.

Trans Mountain is expected to file a reply by Jan. 17. A final report from the Neb is due by Feb. 22.

Last August, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal overturned the 2016 approval of the Trans Mountain expansion to move Alberta tar sands crude oil to B.C.

The court said that review failed to include the impacts of additional marine traffic and failed to include aboriginal concerns.

The pipeline expansion is supported by Alberta and producers and strongly opposed by environmental and aboriginal groups. Last September, Ottawa began a new review of the pipeline permitting.

The Canadian government bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan and has said it intends to proceed with the expansion, calling it necessary.

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