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‘This is news that all Canadians can celebrate, as work gets started on the long-awaited Trans Mountain Pipeline’ ... BC Conservative leader Trevor Bolin

Ian Anderson, President and CEO of Trans
Mountain speaking at announcement

On Tuesday, Ian Anderson, President and CEO of Trans Mountain stated:
“Getting shovels in the ground in Alberta and kicking off pipeline construction is a pivotal moment for Trans Mountain.”

“We are proud of the Project we have designed and the innovative measures we are implementing that demonstrate the kind of rigour and detail that will go into every stage of this Project to mitigate risks, respect the rights of those directly affected and operate safely.” He continued.

Trans Mountain officially re-started construction on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project back in August, with work underway at the Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Terminal, and at pump stations in Alberta. That work includes site preparation activities, in-water construction of new shipping berths, foreshore extension work, and facility upgrades.

BC Conservative leader Trevor Bolin
According to Trans Mountain, since the end of October, close to six million person hours have already been spent on the Project. Trans Mountain has received more than half of the pipe needed for construction and are staging it at storage yards along the route.

For BC Conservative Party leader Trevor Bolin, this is good news.

“Our BC Conservative Party members, at our 2018 Annual General Meeting in Kelowna, voted in favour to stand behind the need for Canadian pipelines, and to support energy market”

“This is news that all Canadians can celebrate, as work gets started on the long-awaited Trans Mountain Pipeline”, he stated.

Since the end of September, Trans Mountain and their contractors have hired more than 2,200 people for the project; this includes Indigenous, local and regional employees. This workforce includes heavy equipment operators, trades people, environment and safety compliance roles, engineers, construction managers and administration staff. 

Sonya Savage, Alberta’s Minister of Energy, commented that Tuesday announcement was an exciting step forward for Trans Mountain, and a step forward for not only Alberta, but for the economic growth and prosperity for Canada as a whole.

“Alberta is a world leader in producing energy with the highest environmental, social and governance standards. While completion of the Expansion Project is the one true measure of success, it’s important to celebrate achievements – like this – along the way”, stated Savage, who then continued;

“Albertans can be assured their government will continue to stand up for our energy industry and get pipelines built.” 

BC Conservative leader Trevor Bolin was in full agreement with the words of the Alberta Energy Minister.

What’s good for our neighbours in Alberta, is good for us in BC and great for all of Canada”.

One commitment, in the Conservative Parties 5-point Made in BC plan, showcases the party’s pledge to the resource sector, and BC workers.

“We will get our resources to new markets, creating tens of thousands of new jobs”, Bolin restated today.


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