VANCOUVER — The federal government has announced the appointment of a high-profile panel to conduct an environmental review of Kinder Morgan’s expansion plans for the Trans Mountain oil pipeline between Alberta and southern British Columbia.
University of Winnipeg president Annette Trimbee, two-term former Yukon premier Tony Penikett and former Tsawwassen First Nation chief Kim Baird will start work on the review next month.
The panel’s work will include consulting with indigenous groups, reviewing online feedback and examining greenhouse gas emissions from the planned expansion.
A report must be on the desk of Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr by November.
Appointment of the panel comes as the National Energy Board prepares to announce this week whether it supports tripling capacity of the link carrying diluted bitumen from the oilsands near Edmonton to port in Burnaby, B-C.
The federal government says it expects to make a final decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline by the end of the year.