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Trans Mountain pipeline shut down after severe rain, flooding in B.C

The Trans Mountain pipeline has been shut down temporarily due to widespread rains and flooding in British Columbia.

Precautionary move taken due to flooding situation in the area of Hope, B.C., spokesperson says

A road is completely submerged in water during flooding in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Friday, November 15, 2021. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

The Trans Mountain pipeline has been shut down temporarily due to widespread rains and flooding in British Columbia.

Trans Mountain Corp. spokeswoman Ali Hounsell says the precautionary move was taken due to the flooding situation in the area of Hope, B.C.

In addition, Hounsell says construction on the Trans Mountain expansion project has been temporarily halted in the Lower Mainland, Hope and Merritt regions due to prolonged rainstorms.

The 1,500-kilometre Trans Mountain pipeline is Canada's only pipeline system carrying oil from Alberta to the West Coast. The pipeline has a capacity for 300,000 barrels per day.

The Trans Mountain expansion project was approved by the federal government in 2019. The project will twin the existing pipeline, bringing its total capacity to 890,000 barrels per day.

The Trans Mountain pipeline was purchased by the federal government in 2018. Trans Mountain Corp. is a federal Crown corporation, headquartered in Calgary.

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