It would truly be a feat of engineering — if and when the Trans Mountain expansion comes into service. If it ever does at all.

That’s because tunnelling under a ‘sacred tree’ near Kamloops would cost almost $100 million and delay completion until December 2024, according to documents filed with the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER) on Monday.

That means it wouldn’t actually start pumping oil until the first quarter of 2025. In a technical report filed with the CER, Trans Mountain detailed the challenges — and costs — to equipment and manpower if it is not allowed to reroute one of the final remaining sections of the line.

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