The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project has generated local interest and inquiries to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was reviewed by the National Energy Board, a federal regulatory agency, and approved by the federal government.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is mandated under the Canada Marine Act to protect the environment while ensuring goods are shipped safely and in support of Canada’s trade objectives. With respect to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, we are one of approximately 400 intervenors who participated in the environmental assessment led by the National Energy Board. During this process, we reviewed and provided comments on the marine terminal expansion and related shipping activities. Like other intervenors, we also submitted information requests to Kinder Morgan.

A portion of the proposed project, specifically the Westridge Marine Terminal Upgrade and Expansion Project, is located on lands and in waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Westridge Marine Terminal is an existing single berth marine terminal on Burrard Inlet in Burnaby which currently handles crude oil and related petroleum and aviation fuel products. The scope of the port authority’s review consists of the proposed physical works at the Westridge Marine Terminal that partly lie within the port authority’s jurisdiction.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has received a complete project permit application for the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal Upgrade and Expansion Project. The proposed project is now under application review by the port authority.

Over the past few years, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued permits to Kinder Morgan to conduct underwater sediment sampling studies and geotechnical investigations at their Westridge Terminal. It is common for proponents to conduct these types of investigative studies in advance of a decision being made on a proposed project to help proponents prepare information required by regulators, or to evaluate, plan and design proposed facilities. Related Vancouver Fraser Port Authority permits for such studies are limited in scope to include only specific geotechnical and geophysical studies and have no bearing on other project decisions, such as those made by the National Energy Board.

Peter Xotta
Vice President, Planning and Operations
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Trans Mountain Expansion Project
August 2017 – Approved Project Permit (PP 15-322): Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal Upgrade and Expansion Project [PDF]
June 2017 – Project permit application: Westridge Marine Terminal Upgrade and Expansion Project
October 2016 – Project Permit 16-273: Westridge Terminal Supplementary Geotechnical Drilling Investigation [PDF]
December 2015 – Project Permit Amendment 15-295-1: Westridge Terminal Supplementary Offshore Geotechnical Investigation [PDF]
December 2015 – Project Permit Amendment 15-295-1: Westridge Terminal Notice of Activity [PDF]
November 2015 – Project Permit 15-295: Westridge Terminal Supplementary Offshore Geotechnical Investigation [PDF]
Topic of interest: Project applications and permit approvals
Topic of interest: Petroleum products and tanker safety