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More than 2,200 employees hired to work on Trans Mountain

Pipe for the Trans Mountain pipeline is unloaded in Edson, Alta. on Tuesday June 18, 2019. A coalition of 32 environmental and Indigenous groups is calling on 27 insurance companies to drop or refuse to provide coverage of the Trans Mountain pipeline, although they concede its lead liability insurer is planning to continue coverage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Trans Mountain and its contractors have hired more than 2,200 people to work on its expansion project since Sept. 30.

According to a social media post made on Oct. 24, workers include heavy equipment operators, trades people, environment and safety roles, engineers and construction managers.

The company also notes in the post that it’s focused on hiring Indigenous, local and regional workers.

A post made the following day says that surveying and staking crews were active in the Greater Edmonton area.

Crews were preparing the right-of-way for construction to “commence shortly.”

The Liberal government bought the existing pipeline for 4.5 billion dollars in 2018 and is subject to 156 conditions enforced by the Canada Energy Regulator.

The Trans Mountain expansion project is expected to nearly triple the current pipeline’s capacity.