B.C. issues update on Trans Mountain permits

The provincial energy and environment ministries released an update on the permitting process for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion last week.

The project needs a total of 1,186 permits from the province.

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Of those, 748 permit applications have been submittedm with 212 so far issued, and another 536 currently under review.

Kinder Morgan still needs to submit 438 permit applications. 

Many permits involve First Nations consultation, the ministries note, and must abide by the the 37 conditions attached to the project's provincial environmental certificate, and the 157 conditions attached to the National Energy Board's approval.

The permitting process involves the ministries of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Environment and Climate Change Strategy (including BC Parks), Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as the Agricultural Land Commission and the BC Oil and Gas Commission

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, along with the Ministry of Agriculture, have a dedicated project office to support these ministries and their permitting requirements.

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