The National Energy Board today delivered its reconsideration report to the federal government, with an overall recommendation that the Trans Mountain expansion is in the Canadian public interest and should be approved.
The NEB will impose 156 conditions on the project if it is approved, and has made 16 new recommendations to the Government of Canada. The recommendations relate to matters that fall outside of the NEB’s regulatory mandate, but within the authority of the Government of Canada.
The reconsideration report concludes that project-related marine shipping is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects on the Southern resident killer whale and on Indigenous cultural use associated with the Southern resident killer whale.
“The NEB also found that greenhouse gas emissions from project-related marine vessels would likely be significant. While a credible worst-case spill from the project or a project-related marine vessel is not likely, if it were to occur the environmental effects would be significant,” the NEB stated. “While these effects weighed heavily in the NEB’s consideration of project-related marine shipping, the NEB recommends that the Government of Canada find that they can be justified in the circumstances, in light of the considerable benefits of the project and measures to minimize the effects.”
The considerable benefits of the project include 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.