Fraser Valley – The BC and Yukon Territory Building Construction Trades Council, have new concerns about the promise that British Columbians will receive first crack at construction jobs for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, now that the BC Provincial Government is satisfied that many of their bucket list items have been addressed. Ditto that for the Feds who approved the project in principal before the end of 2016.
Tom Sigurdson, executive director with the Council claims they tried to have meaningful talks with Kinder Morgan years ago, but a cone of silence went up.
The council has once again reached out and one again, not received any meaningful dialogue.
Kinder Morgan hopes to have shovels in the ground by September 2017 but the Building and Trades Council wants insurances of job guarantees before shovels hit the ground.
Sigurdson says the $6.8-billion dollar project needs to have the best workers on board, and the lack of communication this late in the game concerns his members.
Those same concerns were brought up in a heated exchange in 2012 when Ian Anderson, the President of Kinder Morgan Canada assured the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon that took place at the Best Western in August of that year. Anderson was adamant that locals who get first shot at those jobs.
Now the silence is deafening.
The project of the twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline rolls through from Alberta, into Kamloops, the Fraser Canyon,the Fraser Valley and onto the Burnaby Refinery.