Eight groups of Indigenous intervenors, including the Tsawout and Tsartlip Nations, will present arguments to the NEB panel in Victoria for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. (Black Press file photo)

Round two of NEB hearings for Trans Mountain comes to Victoria

Round one deemed to have “inadequate Indigenous consultation”

The National Energy Board will hold hearings in Victoria next week to collect oral Indigenous traditional evidence as part of its new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Eight groups of Indigenous intervenors, including the Tsawout and Tsartlip Nations, will present arguments to the panel during the four days of hearings, that begin Nov. 26 at Delta Ocean Pointe on Harbour Road.

Intervenors are given an opportunity to share how the project may impact their communities, the use of traditional territory, or any potential or established treaty or Indigenous rights.

This is round two of Indigenous evidence hearings for the project, the first being conducted in 2014 and 2015.

RELATED: Energy board to hear traditional Indigenous evidence in Trans Mountain review

Though the project was sanctioned by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2016 after the NEB recommended approval in May of that year (subject to 157 conditions), the Federal Court of Appeal struck down the government’s approval of the project in August.

The court cited inadequate Indigenous consultation and the NEB’s failure to review the project’s impacts on the marine environment – there would be a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet and off Vancouver’s coast – as main factors for overturning the government’s approval.

In September, the Trudeau Liberals directed the NEB to address the inadequacies and submit a revised report by Feb. 22, 2019, thus launching the second round of hearings for the project.

RELATED: Take 2: NEB wants to hear your thoughts on Trans Mountain pipeline

According to a release by VicPD, they will be deploying temporary cameras “to ensure public safety” during the National Energy Board hearings in Victoria the week of Nov. 26.

The temporarily placed, monitored cameras in public spaces are in accordance with B.C. and national privacy legislation. Temporary signs will also be posted to ensure that those in the area are aware. The cameras will be taken down a short time after the hearings finish on Thursday afternoon.


 

keri.coles@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Food safety a good practice amid COVID-19 concerns

BC Centre for Disease Control offers useful food safe information for households

Sidney’s top emergency official says he is not aware of any COVID-19 cases in the community

The public Sunday also heard of future plans to help local businesses through tax deferments

COVID-19: Victoria plumbing company dedicates van for grocery delivery

The Super Plumber uses van to pick up groceries for those in need during COVID-19 pandemic

Digitization of Peninsula News Review by Sidney Museum and Archives preserves historical legacy

Searchable database will ease research and preserve integrity of records

COVID-19: A message from the publisher

We will be making some changes to our print editions during these unprecedented times

Evening world update: U.S. restrictions extended 30 days; NY deaths near 1,000

Comprehensive world update, with the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

Most Read