This letter from Trans Mountain was originally published as an op-ed in several local papers in the Lower Mainland region during the month of February.

Trans Mountain has been operating across Alberta, British Columbia and Washington state for more than 70 years. The original pipeline was built in 1953 and has been operating safely ever since. Since 2019, we’ve been building the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and are proud to be completing construction in the Lower Mainland as part of this legacy Project for all Canadians.

Thirty-five kilometres of pipeline construction is now complete between Langley and Burnaby, which included construction close to residential areas. Construction in the Lower Mainland also included the expansion of infrastructure within the existing footprint of Burnaby Terminal, three new berths at Westridge Marine Terminal and construction of the Burnaby Mountain Tunnel, a 2.6-kilometre tunnel through Burnaby Mountain.

Thank you for your patience during construction. While pipeline construction is complete, smaller work crews will continue work to finish right-of-way cleanup and reclamation.

Trans Mountain values the relationships it has built with communities along the pipeline corridor over its more than 70-year history. During construction of the Expansion Project, we’ve given back to the region by funding locally important projects, local education and training opportunities investing more than $3.2 million into Langley, Surrey and Coquitlam.

During construction, Trans Mountain and its general construction contractors, Kiewit Ledcor TMEP Partnership (KLTP) and Michels, aimed to be good neighbours and gave back to the local communities. When planning the Expansion Project, Trans Mountain made a commitment to work with communities to minimize construction impacts, while maximizing local benefits. Contractors supported area businesses through local hires, procurement and charitable donations. KLTP was an annual sponsor of the SHARE Imagine Gala, raising funds for projects for residents of the Tri-Cities, New Westminster and adjacent communities. Employees also volunteered annually at Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots, an organization providing support for youth from foster care and vulnerable young mothers. Michels gave back through employee-led initiatives, such as bottle drives and dedicated funds to local food banks and community service organizations. Our contractors have truly embodied being members of the community, and we appreciate all they have done.

Trans Mountain operations staff continue to work and live in the Lower Mainland, and on top of community benefits, Trans Mountain will pay more than $25 million annually in local property taxes after the Expansion Project is completed.

While our presence will be smaller with pipeline construction now complete, we look forward to staying good neighbours in the community and maintaining our positive relationship well into the future.