Trans Mountain Pipeline Updates

SFU Releases Report on Tank Farm Expansion

November 28, 2016

To the University Community,

SFU today released a report from PGL Environmental Consultants documenting the health and safety risks to the university community that would result from Kinder Morgan’s plan to triple the capacity of its Burnaby Mountain tank farm as part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP).

A copy of the report has been sent to the Honourable James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, together with a letter communicating the university’s concerns and expressing its objection to the tank farm expansion.

Any increase in risks to the health and safety of the SFU community is unacceptable to the university. The risks identified in this report are significant and deeply concerning, and SFU will continue to raise our concerns with both Kinder Morgan and the federal government.

Andrew Petter
President and Vice Chancellor
Simon Fraser University

May 28, 2015

Statement from Terry Waterhouse, Chief Safety Officer

As an intervenor in Trans Mountain Expansion Project’s National Energy Board application, Simon Fraser University has submitted a document outlining our serious concerns around the project’s impact on the safety and security of our school community. At this time, SFU has yet to receive enough information to convince us that this proposed project addresses all of our health and safety concerns. The University has outlined all of these concerns in our submission to the NEB.

To read the full submission to the NEB on May 27, 2015, click here.

We remain committed to safeguarding the safety and security of our students and staff. To do so, SFU will continue its role as an active intervenor. We’re hopeful that the issues in our submission will be addressed by the NEB process. Should our concerns not be addressed, we will pursue all means necessary to address them on behalf of the SFU community. 

Please see below for a list of all SFU studies and evidence related to the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project: 

SFU's Written Submission to the NEB - May 27, 2015 

Review of Human Health risk Assessments: An Evidence Report - May 21, 2015 

Hazards of SFU Associated with Trans Mountain Expansion Project: A Gap Analysis - May 21, 2015 

Trans Mountain's Response to SFU Information Request No. 2  

RE: Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Burnaby Mountain

February 25, 2015

Statement from Terry Waterhouse, Chief Safety Officer

In early 2014, Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, applied to the National Energy Board (NEB) to revise the Company’s proposed pipeline route. The Company seeks to route the pipeline under a portion of Burnaby Mountain between their tank farms and the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burrard Inlet.

To address the operational needs of the University and to monitor neighbouring developments, SFU sought and received Intervenor status from the NEB on the proposed pipeline expansion in October 2014. The Intervenor status allows SFU the right to participate in the NEB hearings for Trans Mountain and provide comments. As part of the NEB process, SFU submitted a formal Information Request (IR) on January 2015. In February 2015 SFU received a response to our IR. We are currently reviewing the response and will determine next steps soon. Further information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

All aspects of the process are public and both the Information Requests and the responses are posted on the NEB web portal: