June 13, 2013 - 9:27 AM
KAMLOOPS – Curious about the route for the planned route for the pipeline? Have an opinion you want to share? Kinder Morgan is hosting an open house today and is looking for any feedback the community is willing to share about the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Last expanded in 2008 the company is looking to add about 980 kilometres of new pipeline to the existing pipeline system between Edmonton and Burnaby, and expand the capacity to 890,000 barrels per day, up from 300,000 per day.
In the north Kamloops area the expansion would see the pipeline built through part of Lac du Bois. Currently there are two existing pipelines running through Westsyde, though one is deactivated and will not be removed. These existing lines run through many backyards and public areas including school yards and parks.
South of the Thompson River Kinder Morgan is looking at alternative routes for the new and existing lines because of a potential threat to the integrity of the lines the proposed Ajax mine could cause. The expansion would see the pipeline go around the Coal Hill area to Lac le Jeune Road while the existing pipeline could be moved to go around Jacko Lake.
The open house is being held today at the Coast Hotel, 1250 Rogers Way, from 4-8 p.m. An online forum is open for comments and feedback until June 28.
The National Energy Board responded to a spill from the pipeline southwest of Merritt Wednesday. The spill is number nine in the last 30 years, with the most recent prior taking place in January 2012 near Abbotsford. The last spill to take place near Kamloops was in March 2011.
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