(MENAFN - Baystreet.ca) It looks like construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline will begin again soon.
Government officials in Ottawa have said that the project to expand oil capacity from Alberta to a shipping terminal on the coast of British Columbia will restart within the next month, just in time for the official kick-off of the federal election.
Trans Mountain Corp., the federal Crown agency that owns and operates the pipeline, said that work on the terminals in Burnaby, B.C. is set to restart immediately, while work laying pipe on the route in parts of Alberta are on track to start within the next month.
Construction contractors have been told they have 30 days to hire workers, prepare detailed construction plans and mobilize equipment.
The federal election campaign has to begin no later than September 15 for a scheduled October 21 vote.
The federal Liberals approved the Trans Mountain expansion in 2016, but the pressure to bring the project to fruition heightened in May 2018 when the government decided to buy the pipeline for $4.5 billion when Kinder Morgan (TSX:KML) backed away under the uncertainty of numerous legal challenges and political fighting.
A court decision three months later to rip up approval threw all those plans in jeopardy. After another round of Indigenous consultations and a new review of the project's impact on marine life off the coast of Vancouver, cabinet green-lighted the expansion for a second time in June.