Talk Trans Mountain
Our next period of engagement is underway. We want to hear from you about the proposed pipeline route and what it would mean for your community.
How can you participate?
- Go to your community page (find it here)
- Learn more by looking at your community map and reviewing materials
- Tell us what you think by joining a discussion or answering a few questions
We are now seeking feedback on proposed study corridors (which will help determine where the route would be established). Find your community, review the materials and have your say. Your feedback will help us make the project better.
A report summarizing what we heard from you during our Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Public Information Sessions can be found here.read more
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We want to hear from you and to ensure you are informed about the project topics that most interest you. If you have a question, please post it here and we will get back to you with an answer.
In construction of TMOPL, Jan.-Feb. 1953, the line was laid cross the Thompson River, near Fulton Field airport (Kamloops). According to the Kamloops Daily Sentinel, April 1957 saw a 2nd line laid across the river from the Kamloops Pumping Station to Barriere. How many TMOPL lines presently cross the river at this location? Is one of the two lines presently "inactive"? Will the present request for expansion by Kinder Morgan mean a new line would cross the Thompson River in the present location of the previous two lines? Neilat 17 Jun 2013, 8:57am
Trans Mountain currently has two pipelines installed beneath the Thompson River at the crossing next to the Kamloops Airport. The original 24” diameter pipeline installed during the initial construction of the pipeline in 1953 and a 30” diameter pipeline that was installed during a previous expansion in 1957. Currently, the 30” pipeline is in service as part of the Trans Mountain pipeline and the original 24” pipeline is inactive.
A new 36” diameter pipeline is planned to be installed as part of the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion. The new pipeline is planned to be installed adjacent the two legacy pipelines. A new larger pipeline is required because neither of the existing pipelines is able to meet the capacity requirements of the proposed expansion.
Unlike the trenched crossing installed in the 1950’s, the new crossing of Thompson River is planned to be completed using the modern technique of a horizontal directional drill (HDD). Pending favourable results from ongoing geotechnical investigations, a HDD of the river will not require any disturbance of the river bed or river banks, as the drill path will start and end several hundred metres on either side of the rivers edge.
Upon completion of the expansion project, the status of the two existing legacy pipelines would remain as they are today, the 30” pipeline continuing to be used by the legacy line and the 24” pipeline inactive.Carey at 17 Jun 2013, 3:43pm
Is the old pipeline still going to be used or will it be abandoned? Thw pipeline goes through my back yard and I'm wondering if there will be any changes to the exsisting easmentat 16 Jun 2013, 1:08pm
Kinder Morgan will continue to operate the existing Trans Mountain pipeline as it does today. The proposed new line would be an expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and would provide extra capacity for our shippers, and in all but a few specific circumstances, there are no plans to abandon, sell, or change existing Trans Mountain Pipeline operations.TransMountain at 17 Jun 2013, 11:23am
IF THE PIPELINE NEAR MY HOUSE BURSTS AND DESTROYS THE VALUE OF MY PROPERTY, WILL YOU PAY FOR MY NEW $350,000 HOUSE IN VICTORIA?at 14 Jun 2013, 9:44am
In the event of a spill, Kinder Morgan Canada would attempt to return any affected properties to an equivalent or better condition than existed before the spill. These efforts could include landscaping, and interior and exterior renovations, if applicable. An example of restoration and remediation efforts can be found here: http://www.transmountain.com/westridge-2007-spill.TransMountain at 17 Jun 2013, 11:07am
http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/transmountain-pipeline-in-merritt-b-c-shut-down-after-small-leak-1.1324345 Where are the guarantees?at 13 Jun 2013, 1:34pm
While there are no guarantees, Trans Mountain has worked hard to develop a mature suite of programs to maximize the safety of the pipeline. It was while performing regular maintenance that we found this leak. These pipeline safety practices focus on preventing pipeline failures and minimizing their impact. They are all part of what is known as a Pipeline Integrity Management program. This program identifies all of the hazards that have the potential to affect the safety of the pipeline system and ensures that control measures are implemented to prevent or mitigate the occurrence and potential impact of each hazard.
Additionally, we have plans to ensure we are able to respond in the event of an incident like this one. Emergency response plans are constantly being updated to keep them current. The plans are location specific, identify locations of emergency response materials and equipment, and are regularly practiced through field deployment exercises. Because of this planning, we are able to be quickly contain any spilled material and immediately begin clean up and remediation. As part of an ongoing commitment to safety and environmental protection, Trans Mountain takes responsibility for the cleanup and remediation of spills and we work with pre-qualified and trained consultants and contractors to ensure any spill is cleaned up as quickly as possible while ensuring the safety of the public and minimizing impacts to the environment.TransMountain at 14 Jun 2013, 9:34am
My question is, What type of pump station is near Hope BC? How do you power the station for the oil to go through the pipelines? Are you using micr-hydro, or wind, solar, or burning gas? which oneat 5 Jun 2013, 10:58am
The Trans Mountain Pipeline pump station, in Hope, B.C., is similar to other pump stations along the pipeline - it has two electrically-powered centrifugal pump units. Electrical supply for the Hope station is obtained from BC Hydro, who generates much of their electricity with hydroelectric installations around the province.TransMountain at 6 Jun 2013, 9:20pm
How many people does Kinder Morgan currently employ in Canada?at 3 Jun 2013, 9:48am
Kinder Morgan Canada employs more than 350 people, not including contractors. To learn more about Kinder Morgan in Canada visit http://www.transmountain.com/about-kinder-morgan-canTransMountain at 4 Jun 2013, 2:32pm
When the proposed TUC section is operational, will Kinder Morgan discontinue use of the current urban pipeline? Will it be abandoned, sold to another operator, or what?at 28 May 2013, 5:55am
Kinder Morgan will continue to operate the existing Trans Mountain pipeline in Edmonton, and throughout the line, as it does today. The proposed new line would be an expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and would provide extra capacity for our shippers. There are currently no plans to abandon, sell, or change existing Trans Mountain Pipeline operations.TransMountain at 30 May 2013, 9:09am
I have heard from many that the oil from the pipeline proposed to run from AB to Kitimat will not be refined in Canada, but sent to another country (China) to be refined and then sent back to us, costing us more money. If this is true, why? What good does that do for Canada and future jobs in BC? Does anyone understand how dangerous it is to send unrefined over an ocean? The idea to help other countries economies is nice, but sooner or later our lack of aggressiveness will bite us in the butt.at 26 May 2013, 9:37am
Just to clarify, the Trans Mountain Pipeline currently runs from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. with the proposed expansion project paralleling the existing route, where practical. Neither the existing pipeline nor the proposed pipeline goes to Kitimat.
We transport both refined and unrefined products in our pipeline – both for use in local markets and for export. Trans Mountain has been safely loading unrefined petroleum products on to marine vessels from at our Burnaby facility since the 1950’s.
Expanding the Trans Mountain Pipeline system will create both short and long term job opportunities in B.C communicates along the pipeline route and result in increased tax revenues for local and provincial governments. For more about benefits for B.C., visit http://www.transmountain.com/benefits-for-british-columbiaTransMountain at 28 May 2013, 3:39pm
1. Why not avoid the lower mainland and choose a more direct route west to Ptince Rupert area? There are other markets in the world other than the USA. 2. Why are Canadian Gasoline prices so high?at 23 May 2013, 10:15am
The proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline line is to follow the existing route between Edmonton and Burnaby that has been in operation since 1953, where practical. This is known as a “Brownfield” project — whereas completely new pipelines are known as “Greenfield” projects. This approach to routing provides a number of advantages. The need for new pipeline corridors would be reduced because the existing corridor would be expanded, and construction and operating activities would occur along an existing right-of-way. Portions of the existing right-of-way could also be used during construction, reducing the area disturbed. Visit http://www.transmountain.com/route-plans for more information. Gasoline prices are affected by a large number of global factors. The prices of crude oil are neither controlled nor directly influenced by the development of any specific pipeline. There are some valuable resources online that explain the factors that influence gas prices, including the following links:
http://www.capp.ca/library/faq/Pages/EnergySupplyFAQ.aspx#faqQuestionTwoTransMountain at 30 May 2013, 6:57pm
Is there really going to be any weight given to citizen feedback? Isn't economic homeostasis simply to satisfy the most convenient and cost reduced desires of big industry at the price which cannot be measured in eco-destructive (referred to as economic construction) projects such as this?at 23 May 2013, 6:35am
Public input is an important part of any major pipeline project, and will form a critical component of our application. We are reaching out to all landowners along the pipeline and meeting with community leaders, elected officials, environmental groups and Aboriginal Peoples to get their input, issues and perspective. To date we have received feedback that has been very helpful in our planning and will ensure we can make the project better.
Community engagement began in April 2012 and will continue through 2013 as part of the preparations for our Facilities Application to the National Energy Board (NEB), expected to be filed in late 2013. The Facilities Application asks the NEB for permission to build the necessary facilities associated with the proposed expansion project. Engagement and consultation will also continue through the lifetime of the project.
To find out how you can give feedback now, and throughout the process, visit http://www.transmountain.com/talk.
For more information on how public input is used, visit Trans Mountain’s Using Your Feedback page, http://www.transmountain.com/using-your-feedback.Lizette at 30 May 2013, 9:07pm