On Friday, the National Energy Board announced it has given Trans Mountain Pipeline NEB approval to begin construction of four segments of the controversial pipeline.  Trans Mountain photo. 

NEB also approved over 96 per cent of Trans Mountain pipeline detailed route for Segments 1-4

On Friday, the National Energy Board announced construction of Segments 1-4 of the Trans Mountain pipeline can begin.

In a press release saying that the NEB released a condition compliance Letter Report, the regulator said construction from the Edmonton Terminal to the Darfield Pump Station north of Kamloops has been approved.

The NEB’s Letter Report No. 21 addresses a number of remaining pre-construction engineering conditions for the project.

“When considered in conjunction with Letter Report No. 20, released on August 3, 2018, which approved the Environmental Alignment Sheets and Resource-specific Mitigation Tables for Spreads 1-4, Trans Mountain has now met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for Spreads 1 through 4,” wrote the NEB in a press release.

The regulator has also approved over 96 per cent of the detailed route for Segments 1-4 of the pipeline.

“Subject to other federal, provincial and municipal permits and regulations, the company can now begin construction in these segments of the pipeline, which includes clearing of the right of way,” said the NEB.

According to the NEB, of the 50 detailed route hearings granted for Segments 1-4 of the pipeline, 36 were withdrawn by the applicants.

Thirteen of the hearings went before an NEB panel where 11 decisions were released and one landowner withdrew after their hearing.  Two active hearings remain for Segments 1-4 and the NEB says no construction work will be permitted while the hearings are underway.

Of the entire 1,150 Kilometre long pipeline, 72 per cent of the detailed route has been approved and hearings for the final segment, Segment 6, are set to begin in Chilliwack in October of this year.

In May, the Trudeau government announced purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion.