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The Régie de l’énergie criticizes Trans Mountain for “environmental non-compliance”

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Feb8,2024

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The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has been singled out for “environmentally-related non-compliance” regarding its handling of flooding that occurred in late January in British Columbia.

The Canadian Energy Regulator said in a statement Thursday that its inspection officers found problems near Abbotsford where Trans Mountain is working on the final section of pipeline.

According to the regulator, the Crown corporation failed to properly maintain the waterway's isolation, wildlife control fences, soil covering the pipe, water pumps and drying out and catch basin locations following recent heavy rains in Abbotsford.

Inspector's order (New window) requires Trans Mountain to address environmental deficiencies, develop a water management plan, investigate and report on its environmental failings in the region.

According to Karen Wristen, executive director of the Living Oceans association, this is a new failure for this dangerous project.

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Protecting water quality is an imperative to at a time when so many of our salmon in the Lower Mainland are facing a sharp decline in their population, comments the director.

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The City of Burnaby, where a Trans Mountain terminal is located, has long opposed the pipeline expansion project . It would significantly increase tanker traffic in municipal waters.

The Trans Mountain Pipeline is Canada's only oil pipeline to the West Coast and its expansion will increase its capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil per day, up from 300,000 barrels per day. currently updated.

Construction is more than 98% complete, but has been affected by years of delays due to the presence of hard rock and difficult terrain and cost overruns.

The latest estimated cost of the project is $30.9 billion, according to the site company's website, up from an estimate of $7.4 billion in 2017.

With information from La Presse anadienne

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By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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