By Laura Keil

Trans Mountain will be adding workers to its roster in the Blue River to Hinton corridor over the coming weeks and months in the next phase of pipeline activity.

A Trans Mountain spokesperson told the Goat Jan. 11th that there are currently a small number of workers in the community for tie-in work on the first 1953-built pipeline, Line 1.  

The spokesperson says this will peak at approximately 85 workers staying in the Hinton to Blue River region when night shift is added over the next few weeks. The work for Line 1 will continue until mid-March.

“Once the Expansion Project reaches mechanical completion, we will begin Line 2 fill. Our team anticipates the schedule on Line 2 fill to be complete in the next few weeks.”

The spokesperson says they anticipate similar crew sizes for the line fill work (85 total), but won’t have numbers for a few weeks.

The spokesperson says Trans Mountain also anticipates smaller crews – less than 40 workers, both local and regional – in the region for reclamation of the Expansion Project in late Spring/early Summer this year.