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Construction on Trans Mountain gets underway this month

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Ottawa approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline project last year

Legal challenges could still derail the Trans Mountain

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – Construction on the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will start this month according to Kinder Morgan, the company behind it.

It expects to have the project completed in 28 months and has signed a memorandum of understanding with six contractors.

“Overall, the Conference Board of Canada estimates the Project will generate $46.7 billion in government revenues and 802,000 person years of employment, the equivalent of 37,000 jobs each year, over more than 20 years,” says the company in a statement.

The federal government has approved the expansion but legal challenges could still derail it and the new BC NDP government has signed on as an intervenor to take part in those hearings.

During the provincial election campaign, NDP Leader and Premier John Horgan promised his party would use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the project.

The project would triple capacity on the pipeline from the Edmonton area to Burnaby.