Trans Mountain construction starts in September, 150 told at meeting

Kate Stebbings of Trans Mountain talks to audience at meeting.

Kate Stebbings of Trans Mountain talks to audience at meeting.

More than 150 people attended an open house and presentation on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion hosted by Kinder Morgan at the Coast Kamloops Hotel conference centre on Thursday night.

Trans Mountain rep Kate Stebbings explained that construction is scheduled to get underway in September at seven sections, or “spreads,” along the pipeline route from Edmonton to Burnaby.

The new pipeline is expected to be in operation by December of 2019.

Construction work will be active for 10 to 12 hours per day, five to six days per week.

I was particularly interested in the part of the project that runs through Electoral Area P. One of the “spreads” runs from Black Pines south through Kamloops.

Information board on Black Pines pump station.

Information board on Black Pines pump station.

Twelve new pump stations will be built, including one just south of the Whispering Pines reserve. It was explained to me that this will be a twin station, with one pump for the existing pipe and another for the new one.

A power line will be built from the east side of the North Thompson River to the new pump station.

Earlier in the week I met with Stebbings to confirm a $150,000 community benefits contribution from the company toward the Black Pines water-system project. Test drilling for a groundwater source got underway this week. Once a source is confirmed, the water project will go back to residents for a decision on borrowing a one-third local share of the total cost.

Stebbings can’t yet confirm when pipeline construction will go through Blacks Pines.

Final green light for the project will come at a Kinder Morgan board of directors meeting at the company’s headquarters in Houston, Texas in April.

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