Today the National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its Reconsideration Report on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX).
It found that TMX is in the Canadian public interest and recommended it be approved, subject to conditions.
It’s an important milestone as our government continues to follow the guidance of the Federal Court of Appeal.
I know how important this project is to Canadians. The NEB noted its many benefits: “increased access to diverse markets for Canadian oil; jobs created across Canada; the development of capacity of local and Indigenous individuals, communities and businesses; direct spending on pipeline materials in Canada; and considerable revenues to various levels of government.”
The NEB’s 156 conditions and 16 new recommendations to the Government of Canada will further inform the Phase III consultations currently taking place with Indigenous groups. These conditions and recommendations relate to environmental protection, pipeline safety and integrity, emergency preparedness, marine shipping safety, and more.
To date, teams have met with over 85 Indigenous communities and are actively engaging in meaningful, two-way dialogue. This work is important for moving TMX ahead in the right way, and for ensuring we fulfill our duty to consult.
I know many are frustrated at how long the overall process is taking for the project. Today is a big and important step, as we continue moving forward.
Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre
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