Kinder Morgan is starting to put the “pipe” in pipeline.

Not only will workers begin this summer to survey the route, flag the right-of-way and relocate rare plants, the company is beginning to stock up on steel pipe.

That word comes from Premier Rachel Notley, who invited the news media to listen to her opening remarks at Monday’s cabinet meeting during the Calgary Stampede.

“Shipments of pipe are arriving pretty much as we speak in Alberta, located at stockpile yards in Acheson and Edson,” said Notley.

Nothing says “yee-haw” during Stampede like good news over a pipeline.

Notley’s remarks came a few days after Trans Mountain announced its construction schedule for the next six months. That includes installing temporary work camps, laying down gravel and clearing the route of trees and vegetation (as well as digging up and moving those pesky rare plants).

This is all important preparation work — but the pipeline construction schedule doesn’t mention actual construction of the pipeline with trenches and pipe.

That’s where Notley’s Monday morning we-are-going-to-get-that-construction-underway reassurance comes in.

She knows that although she has been claiming victory for the past year on Trans Mountain, we haven’t seen the project dig a trench or bury a pipe.

When the federal government announced at the end of May it would be buying the entire Trans Mountain project from Kinder Morgan, a jubilant Notley declared, “The deal announced today puts people to work building this pipeline right away.”

But Albertans could be forgiven for thinking that putting up flags and laying down gravel doesn’t have the same satisfactory thunk as sticking a good old shovel in the ground.

That is coming, we are told.

We’re like characters in Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot. It feels absurd, frustrating and filled with existential angst — which at times seems to sum up the whole tortured Trans Mountain …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald


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