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Trans Mountain pipeline set to restart after weeks shutdown

The pipeline was shut down by the Nov. 14 atmospheric river
Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The precautionary shut down of the Trans Mountain pipeline continues, but British Columbia’s gasoline supply is secure for now. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trans Mountain Pipeline is expected to restart Sunday (Dec. 5) after being shut down for nearly three weeks by flooding and mudslides in B.C.

In a statement released at noon on Saturday, Trans Mountain said the pipeline has remained safe throughout the shutdown period and there is no indication of any spills or serious damage to the pipeline.

“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 worked around the clock to clear highways, build bridges and manage watercourses to allow for access and repairs to the pipeline.”

Trans Mountain will continue additional emergency work to support the pipeline over the coming weeks.

Restarting the pipeline may help ease gas rations that are in place for the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the South Coast. Restrictions limiting drivers to only 30 litres of gas at the pump were put in place to prevent hoarding and ensure there was enough fuel for anyone who needs it.

When operating at full capacity, Trans Mountain transports approximately 300,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to B.C.

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