Members of the Ministerial panel on the Trans Mountain Pipeline in Chilliwack Thursday

Public welcome at pipeline panel in Abbotsford tomorrow

Meeting will be open to public for consultation with federal representatives

  • Jul. 25, 2016 1:00 p.m.

A government-led panel will be held in Abbotsford on Tuesday, July 26, to discuss the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline that runs for 30 kilometres through the city.

The public is welcome and no registration is required.

The meeting will be held at Tradex’s Hall A, with a local government roundtable from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and an NGO panel from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The federal government has convened a special ministerial panel that will visit several communities along the pipeline’s route and hear from residents and organizations affected.

The National Energy Board (NEB) has already recommended the approval of the pipeline, subject to 157 conditions, but the federal government will have the final say and is expected to make its decision by the end of the year. The project would see the capacity of the pipeline nearly tripled, and new facilities would be added along the route, including in Abbotsford, where another tank would be built at Kinder Morgan’s Sumas Mountain tank facility. Kinder Morgan also operates a pump station on Sumas Prairie.

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