Mayor of Kamloops disappointed in suspension of Trans Mountain pipeline

By Chad Klassen
April 9, 2018 - 11:14am Updated: April 9, 2018 - 5:28pm

KAMLOOPS — With Kinder Morgan's announcement it is suspending all activity around the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the mayor of Kamloops is disappointed with a delay in the project. 

Ken Christian says Kamloops would receive $750,000 from Kinder Morgan during construction if the project goes ahead. The city would also benefit with about $1 million in taxes every year. 

"There's certainly a financial hit for us," he said. "A lot of that supports some of the social programs that we've been doing. Increased transit, better housing, better recreational opportunity. You have to balance those kinds of things."

Christian says aside from the financial benefits, he believes pipelines are ultimately better for the environment. 

"The current way that bitumen is transported to the Lower Mainland uses an awful lot more energy, produces an awful lot more greenhouse gas than pipelines," noted Christian. "So I think from an environmental perspective, this for Kamloops is a much better option than continued train or truck traffic."

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