Teams search for archaeological evidence

Archeological surveys in this area in preparation for Kinder Morgan’s plans for Transmountain Pipeline

Four workers dig an archeological pit near the confluence of the Clearwater and North Thompson rivers recently. Pictured are (l-r) Manuel Eustache of Simpcw First Nation

Four workers dig an archeological pit near the confluence of the Clearwater and North Thompson rivers recently. Pictured are (l-r) Manuel Eustache of Simpcw First Nation

Several crews have been doing archeological surveys in this area in preparation for Kinder Morgan’s plans to twin its Transmountain Pipeline.

According to a Transmountain spokesperson, the purpose of the archaeological survey is to locate, record and assess any archaeological site that may be impacted by the project. The information gathered is to be used in consideration for route and project planning.

The Trans Mountain contractors, working in conjunction with local First Nations groups. have completed the initial assessment of the area, the spokesperson said. New archaeological sites have been identified, and new site information has been recorded.

The work is being done in association with the archaeological assessment of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) study corridor. The work is ongoing and results thus far are still in the preliminary stages.

“We are surveying the TMEP study corridor, which has a variable width throughout the length of the project and in the Clearwater area as well,” the spokesperson added. “The general width of the proposed TMEP study corridor is 150 m.”