Trans Moun­tain puts faith in court or­ders

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - Kam­loops This Week

Trans Moun­tain Corp. says it’s con­fi­dent court or­ders will pre­vent pro­test­ers from block­ing work­ers en­ter­ing job sites along the route of its oil pipeline ex­pan­sion project.

Protests in sup­port of Wet’suwet’en hered­i­tary chiefs op­posed to the Coastal GasLink gas pipeline have led to stop­pages in ser­vice for Via Rail, freight rail traf­fic east of Prince Ru­pert, and block­ades of Metro rail lines, port ter­mi­nals and ar­te­rial roads.

Mean­while, spokes­woman Al­li­son Houn­sell said the com­pany is ex­pect­ing con­struc­tion on twin­ning the line to ramp up this spring.

She said the com­pany’s stand­ing in­junc­tion from the B.C. Supreme Court ap­plies to all of its op­er­a­tional and con­struc­tion lo­ca­tions.

“And, re­ally, the idea of that is that it pre­vents any block­ades, any preven­tion of work,” Houn­sell said.

Work on the pipeline ex­pan­sion has al­ready started in Al­berta and in Burn­aby, with ad­di­tional con­struc­tion along the pipeline route ex­pected in the spring, she said.

The pipeline will cross the Thomp­son River in Kam­loops in March and April, us­ing trench­less con­struc­tion tech­niques, Houn­sell said.

Trench­less con­struc­tion in­volves bur­row­ing into the ground and un­der the river and feath­er­ing the pipeline through the hole so as not to dis­turb the wa­ter­course.

“People will start to see ac­tiv­ity as they pre­pare to go un­der the river there,” Houn­sell said.

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