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Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. – Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Socio-Economic Services

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project will involve the twinning of Trans Mountains existing 1,150 km pipeline between Strathcona County, Alberta and the City of Burnaby, British Columbia (BC). The proposed twinning will increase the nominal capacity of the system from approximately 300,000 barrels per day, to approximately 890,000 barrels per day. In addition to the approximately 994 km of new pipeline and the reactivation of 193 km of reactivated pipeline, the $5.4 billion Project includes the installation of twelve new pump stations, twenty new tanks and the expansion of the Westridge Marine Terminal. 

As part of a small team, Katherine was responsible for the socio-economic components of the comprehensive Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA), and other provincial and federal permits, as part of the regulatory process for the Project. A Facilities Application (the Application), including the ESA, was filed with the National Energy Board (NEB) on December 16, 2013.  The socio-economic component of the ESA was prepared under the guidance provided by the NEB Filing Manual and the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Responsibilities included:

  • Supporting the ESA preparation and submittal to the NEB.
  • Collecting baseline data through a desktop literature review and technical discussions (through face-to-face meetings, by telephone or by email) with key informed sources, including municipalities, regional districts, provincial and government agencies, emergency service providers and outdoor and recreation groups.
  • The assessment of potential social, economic and health effects of the Project for five of the eight socio-economic elements, including social and cultural well-being, human occupancy and resource use, infrastructure and services, navigation and navigation safety and employment and economy.
  • Developing a Socio-Economic Management Plan by summarizing the proposed mitigation and enhancement measures designed to manage potential social, economic and health-related issues and economic opportunities associated with the Project. 
  • Developing a Socio-Economic Effect Monitoring Plan, in response to NEB condition 13, and assisting in the development of additional draft conditions, including condition 18 - worker accommodation strategy.

Wahgoshig First Nation – Energy East Pipeline Community Impact Assessment

Caroline and Katherine worked with Wahgoshig First Nation to review, through a community-lens, background materials, and the Project’s Consolidated Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment (ESA) submitted by TransCanada in May 2016 to the NEB. A Community Working Group was established to guide and advise on Project impacts and appropriate actions (mitigation and accommodation measures) that would help TransCanada avoid, minimize or manage the effects of the Project in WFN territory. The result was a Community Impact Assessment report that, at the discretion of Chief and Council, will form a basis for discussions with TransCanada, the Crown or both about actions required to avoid, limit or manage potential Project-related impacts on Wahgoshig First Nation rights and interests.

State of California, Department of Water Resources - Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, Basin-Wide Feasibility Study, Other Social Effects 

Work included conducting an analysis to determine the other social benefits and impacts of proposed flood control measures in the San Joaquin River and Sacramento River basins. The analysis fed in to the formulation of a state-preferred system configuration within the context of updating Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. 

The social effects analysis for the Basin-Wide Feasibility Study focused on four categories of social characteristics, including: 

  • social statistics;
  • economic vitality;
  • social vulnerability; and 
  • health and safety. 

The analysis compared the potential benefits and impacts of different system configurations to the “without-project” condition for hypothetical modelled flood events within specific planning areas. Expected benefits and impacts were based on flood inundation areas and probabilities provided by hydraulic flood modelling and GIS analysis. System configurations consisted of various combinations and attributes of systems measures for future improvements to flood management in the San Joaquin River and Sacramento River basins. 

Implementing flood management measures can benefit social well-being through various pathways, including: minimizing the number of people, including vulnerable groups, who are affected by a flood event; reducing disruptions to industry, workers, and employees; and reducing the number of hazardous facilities and emergency services inundated by flood waters; among others. The approach used in this analysis is consistent with risk-based flood management assessment used by many agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.