Trans Mountain puts faith in court orders
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.