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The quest for non-opposition: ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE on successfully permitting pipelines in canada


On November 29, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet signed off on two major pipelines that will take oil from Alberta’s oil sands to global markets. The journey to this successful outcome was filled with many challenges from the myriad of stakeholders to economics and politics. An equally important part of this undertaking was ensuring that environmental issues were considered and addressed in the proposal of the pipelines. In this presentation, CH2M will present an overview of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and how they were able to help support Kinder Morgan and secure approval to proceed which will triple the capacity of their existing pipeline to 890,000 barrels per day.


Jason K. Smith is the Manager of Projects for Major Accounts at CH2M


Jason K. Smith has over 18 years of experience in the pipeline and environmental consulting industry. Jason has successfully managed several high profile federally regulated pipeline projects, including the Georgia Strait Crossing Pipeline Project, TMX – Anchor Loop Project through Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park, the Alaska Pipeline Projects for Denali and Foothills, and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Jason specializes in environmental assessments for the National Energy Board (NEB), Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and British Columbia (BC) Park Act and was an expert witness at the TMX – Anchor Loop Project NEB hearing. Jason provided environmental and regulatory strategic advice on these projects and played an integral role in the various public consultation and Indigenous Peoples engagement programs.