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Trans Mountain pipeline still out of commission

Expansion work continues in areas not impacted by the extreme weather.
Debris on Highway 5 near Ten Mile.

The Trans Mountain pipeline remains out of service after being shut down as a precaution during Sunday’s storm.

In a statement Wednesday, the federally owned company said a team is working on plans to restart the pipeline and has completed an initial assessment by air.

More assessments and geotechnical evaluations are required to determine if there is work required to repair or re-establish protective cover where the pipe has been exposed due to flooding.

The Trans Mountain system is the only pipeline carrying oil from Alberta to the West Coast. It also carries refined products such as gasoline.

“Trans Mountain is in regular contact with its shippers and is working to mitigate potential impacts of the pipeline shut down on British Columbians,” the company said.

Work on the pipeline’s expansion project continues in areas not impacted by the extreme weather.

“In the Fraser Valley and the Coquihalla regions, crews are assisting communities and local authorities with road clearing and providing equipment and resources wherever possible,” the company continued.

“Trans Mountain has a strong, capable workforce with experience and expertise in responding to all kinds of emergency situations. We have crews and equipment throughout the Fraser Valley, Coquihalla and B.C. Interior regions as part of the expansion project and regular operations.”

The company is also offering beds at its camp in Merritt to evacuees.