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Trans Mountain shuts down pipeline expansion project until Jan. 4 to address worker safety

The Canadian Press
Trans Mountain shuts down pipeline expansion project until Jan. 4 to address worker safety
TRANS MOUNTAIN - Work on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project halted in B.C. after a worker was seriously injured at the Burnaby Terminal site.

BURNABY, B.C. – Trans Mountain says it is shutting down construction on its pipeline expansion project until early January for safety reasons.

Officials from the company and the Canada Energy Regulator said Wednesday that a contractor was seriously injured a day earlier at the site in Burnaby, B.C.

In a statement Thursday, Trans Mountain says the company is enacting a voluntary, project-wide safety stand-down from Friday until Jan. 4.

Construction at the Burnaby site had already stopped Wednesday after the injury.

The company says its priorities remain the safety of its workers and maintaining a safe work environment.

Ian Anderson, president and CEO of Trans Mountain, says there have been safety incidents over the past two months that are unacceptable to the company.

“This is inconsistent with Trans Mountain’s proud safety culture,” he said in the release.

“Trans Mountain is proactively taking the step to temporarily stand down construction on the expansion project to review, reset and refocus our efforts, and those of our contractors and their workers.”

The company said the project’s teams have successfully worked in multiple construction areas across British Columbia and Alberta in 2020, completing about 20 per cent of the project.

“Next year, 2021, will see peak construction for the project, with thousands of people working in hundreds of sites across Alberta and British Columbia,” said the news release. “It is during this time when one of the greatest risks to the project becomes worker safety.”

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Good news. This ill-conceived construction project is a political boon-doggle and atrocious waste of public funding as well as an imposition on the natural environment and people of British Columbia. Let’s hope 2021 brings more challenges and ultimate demise of the TMX before it becomes the costliest white-elephant ever.


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