Trans Mountain Expansion heads back to the drawing board
The National Energy Board (NEB) announced the start of public hearings into its re-assessment of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), announcing the appointment of three board members to its hearing panel.
The Liberals have given the NEB 22 weeks to update its assessment of the project, including impacts from additional tanker traffic. Assuming a final report is submitted by late February, construction could be restarted in the spring, pushing the in-service date to sometime in 2022, assuming a construction timeline of about 30 months.
Opponents are already accusing the government of rushing this latest review and conflict of interest, since they own the project and have a vested interest in seeing it completed.