ALL IS QUIET on the Trans Mountain front, at least on the section that runs through the North Thompson Valley including Black Pines. Maybe a little too quiet.
A year ago, contractors were getting geared up to begin the process of ripping up farmland, digging the trench running parallel to the existing line, and moving in massive equipment and stockpiles of new pipe. (Little did we know the steel for that pipe was supplied by a now-sanctioned Russian oligarch.)
It was supposed to take a few weeks but it took many months. All summer long and into the fall, they did their noisy, ground-shaking work. By the time the snow fell, the pipe was in the ground and they moved on.
(Sadly, the “frog fence” that was installed in hopes of helping at-risk Western and Spadefoot toads find their way back to the river after hibernating in the hills across Westsyde Road during the cold months doesn’t seem to have worked. In a normal fall, thousands would make their way through our place from the river to their hibernation grounds; last fall, I didn’t see a single one making the journey.)
Then, there was blessed quiet, the winter months punctuated only by the occasional rumbling and whistling of the trains on the other side of the river.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.