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Kamloops hosting public panel on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

June 30, 2016 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Canadian government is going on a road trip to get citizens' opinions on an oil pipeline expansion project and Kamloops is among the stops.

A federally-appointed panel will be coming through Kamloops July 19 and 20 to get feedback from locals on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The project plans to expand the pipeline, which runs through Kamloops. New pipe could potentially running through Lac du Bois grasslands or alongside the current pipeline through Westsyde.

The construction is expected to bring significant tax dollars to the city.

The three-person panel will be holding town hall and roundtable discussions across Alberta and B.C. to hear from local communities and First Nations, according to a press release. Former Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird, former Yukon premier Tony Penikett and former Albertan deputy finance minister Annette Trimbee make up the panel.

The panel will report to the federal natural resources minister Jim Carr in Novemebr, with the government deciding to green light or halt the project Dec. 19. The National Energy Board gave the project a conditional thumbs up in May.

The government will be collecting public comments digitally as well, either through emails to nrcan.ministerialpaneltmx-comiteministerieltmx.rncan@canada.ca or through an online questionnaire.

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