Process Puzzle

Got back to check on Browne Creek Wetlands yesterday (June 2).
Things were looking nicely not destroyed.
Browne Creek Wetlands where Trans Mountain want to set up for Vedder River crossing
Coincidentally, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) filed their summary of project filings and correspondence for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project yesterday. In that summary, where the filings relating to Browne Creek Wetlands are listed the words "Not applicable" appeared under the headings "Commission Decision Date" and Commission Decision Filing ID".
What does that mean?

Does it mean Trans Mountain's variance application, that has not been withdrawn, does not require a decision from the Commission?

And that the comments the CER asked for and received from the City and WaterWealth don't need any response?

And that the issues of Trans Mountain's geotechnical assessment effectively finding their planned Vedder River crossing not feasible, Trans Mountain having had that report before the route hearing but withholding it until just recently, and WaterWealth's request to reopen the hearing because of that, do not warrant some response from the regulator?

It is a process puzzle. Maybe some explanation or something will come from the CER today? If so, we'll see what that says. If not, what to do next?

Meantime, some pictures from yesterday's visit to the site.

Browne Creek Wetlands meadow where Trans Mountain plan to put all the heavy equipment for the risky drilling under Hopedale Slough, Vedder River, and Peach Creek. Some of the large trees on the right would be removed. They have ponds under them that drain into Browne Creek and from there into Hopedale Slough. This field was full of stakes and flagging marking Trans Mountain's workspace back in March/April. Trans Mountain wanted to take those trees down already. Holding them off here has allowed time for amphibians to hatch out and newly spawned salmon and trout to emerge from the streambeds.

Image of Browne Creek Wetlands where Trans Mountain plan to do drilling for the Vedder River crossing


A resident of Hopedale Slough catching some sun, just downstream of where Browne Creek joins.

Image of a frog in Hopedale Slough, just downstream of Browne Creek


A coyote in Browne Creek Wetlands, within what had been staked and flagged as Trans Mountain work space. This is the second visit where a coyote has been seen in roughly the same place. It disappeared from view right after this photo was taken. Possibly a den there?

Image of a coyote in Browne Creek Wetlands, inside what had earlier been staked and flagged as Trans Mountain workspace. There may be a den here.


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commented 2022-06-05 16:57:24 -0700 · Flag
Thank you Ian. Your watchful eye over Chilliwack water issues in general and Browne Creek Wetlands in particular, is much appreciated. Browne Creek is a special place and should not be subjected to unsustainable and climate-wrecking industrial development.

Why the government is continuing to barrel ahead with very expensive completion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline ($10 billion in costs in addition to the $10 billion already spent), is truly a mystery to me. There are no markets. The additional carbon caused by expansion of the tar sands will make it more difficult to meet Paris Agreement commitments that Canada is already failing to meet. The money should be spent directly on climate action,

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