Kinder Morgan is finalizing work involved in the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, and shovels should be in the ground by the fall.
That’s according to Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson, who tells CKNW’s Simi Sara work gets underway in September, and key contractors are being nailed down right now.
LISTEN: Simi Sara one on one with Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson
Temporary foreign workers
Anderson says Kinder Morgan has no plans to hire foreign workers.
“We’re not planning any, we’re not anticipating any I really don’t forsee any. That’s assuming the labour pool in B.C. and elsewhere can fill the need.”
Anderson also responded to complaints from unionized B.C. trades workers, who say they’ve heard little from the company recently.
He says Kinder Morgan is working with general contractors to determine who is going to lead the construction project, after which the building trades will be hired.
“We are at the stage now where we are finalizing discussions with our contractors, lining up the major contractors that are going to lead the effort on the work involved in building the pipeline, we’re finalizing
Meanwhile, the Labourers’ International Union of North America applauds the decision to hire British Columbians for the Kinder Morgan project.
But Mark Olson, Western Manger says for the union says some details aren’t clear.
“We need to know what his words mean because there is the temporary foreign worker program, if he’s just referencing that when he says ‘no foreign temporary workers,’ then we continue to have a concern because there’s the international mobility program, there are international trade agreements, both of which would allow foreign workers to come in and build a pipeline.”
Olson also says there’s been no recent talks with Kinder Morgan on lining up workers.
Anderson also admitted that the company underestimated the fears and concerns of British Columbians around the project.
Asked if there was something Kinder Morgan could have done better, he says they did prepare for local concerns, but didn’t see how deeply they’d run.
“The thing that always strikes me when asked that question is did I, did we, prepare for and anticipate the local concerns and issues that we saw. Did you? I think we did as much as we could but I have no doubt that over the development of the project we underestimated how vividly those issues were going to come to light.”
Anderson says there are some people who will never change their mind but he says he just wants to make sure people are informed.
Earlier this month, Premier Christy Clark surprised many by announcing a full green light for the pipleine expansion, saying all five of her condtitions had been met.
Last month, the Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals approved the project, while the National Energy Board gave it the green light back in May, subject to 157 conditions.
Anderson says the company is currently working on those conditions, along with 37 additional ones tacked on by B.C.’s own environmental assessment.
With files from Emily Lazatin