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Trans Mountain pipeline to resume operations this weekend

FILE PHOTO - Construction Work on Trans Mountain Pipeline outside of Valemount, B.C.
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Following the shutdown of the Trans Mountain Pipeline due to flooding and heavy rainfall, the Crown corporation will resume operations of the pipeline tomorrow.

Trans Mountain Corp. said earlier this week the latest round of rain and snowfall has not caused any new concerns for the integrity of the 1,150-km pipeline, which carries 300,000 barrels per day of petroleum products from Alberta to B.C.

B.C. has been rationing its petroleum supply due to the pipeline's shutdown.

READ MORE: British Columbia extends gas rationing, state of emergency after floods

Heavy rains impacted air and ground access for the Trans Mountain crews and caused flooding in some areas where work is already underway. Trans Mountain Corp. has more than 470 workers on the ground reinforcing berms and completing repairs to shore up parts of the line that were exposed by floodwaters two weeks ago.

“There was no indication of any product release or serious damage to the pipe. Trans Mountain completed detailed investigations of the pipe’s integrity and geotechnical assessments of the surrounding landscape to confirm readiness to restart the line. Restarting the pipeline has required a significant, sustained effort to re-instate access lost due to damaged roads, changes in river flows, and adverse weather.

Crews have been working around the clock to clear highways, build bridges and manage water in order to access and repair the pipeline, according to the latest press release from the Crown corporation.

The restart will occur Dec. 5 and will be monitored by emergency management teams who will be staged in key areas with booms deployed in the event of a release from the pipeline, according to the release.

Fuel rationing in the Lower Mainland, Hope, the Sea to Sky region, the Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island is still in place until Dec. 14 to allow crews to bring the Trans Mountain pipeline back online.

- With files from The Canadian Press.

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