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New rules for disputes over Trans Mountain project may bypass local laws: observers

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 9:25 AM | By Ian Burns

The National Energy Board (NEB) has decided on a process to resolve potential future permitting disputes over the contentious Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project, but concerns are being raised the expedited timelines as a result of the new rules may mean regulations at the local level will be circumvented.

Trans Mountain, which is owned by Texas-based Kinder Morgan Inc., is an oil pipeline that carries diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands to the west coast of British Columbia. In 2013, Kinder Morgan filed a...