TRANS MOUNTAIN – Walsh lauds delay in construction of pipeline expansion

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A Kamloops City councillor says a decision by Trans Mountain to delay work on its pipeline expansion in the Kamloops area until June is a victory for the health and well-being of local residents.

Coun Denis Walsh said today (April 13, 2020) in a media release the delay is “a very positive move” that will help protect against the spread of COVID-19.

He has been urging for the past couple of weeks that work on the pipeline be delayed because he feared an influx of pipeline workers into Kamloops might contribute to the spread of the virus.

Walsh said he’s now calling on Mayor Ken Christian and other members of council to get involved in oversight of future construction plans because it is not possible to know what the situation might look like in June.

“With the previously planned April start, other community elements stepped up and helped protect the community by lobbying for a delay, and I heartily congratulate them,” he said without naming anyone, adding “they know who they are.”

Delays have already driven the cost of the expansion from an estimated $7.4 billion three years ago to $12.6 billion.

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1 Comment on TRANS MOUNTAIN – Walsh lauds delay in construction of pipeline expansion

  1. Bill Hadgkiss // April 13, 2020 at 10:20 PM // Reply

    Please, check with and see that its seldom for Kinder Morgan to exceed 50 percent of their Westridge terminals loading capacity, and in 2016 and 2017 it was using less than 15 percent.
    We have seen no business plan where TMX will make any money for us shareholders now or in the future.
    Canadians deserve full accounting of costs and construction schedule of this uneconomic project, please.

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