The National Energy Board has given Trans Mountain the green light to start construction on four segments of its pipeline expansion project.
The national energy regulator says the company has met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for sections one to four from the Edmonton terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops.
Trans Mountain can now begin construction, including clearing right of way, subject to other government permits and regulations.
The National Energy Board says two active hearings remain for these segments and construction for work that relates to the hearings is not permitted while they're pending.
RCMP investigating possible fire bug in Merritt.
S/Sgt Lorne Wood says the latest fire occurred last night at Nicola Ave and Chapman St.
"At 8:40pm we got a call from Merritt Fire Rescue department to attend a suspicious fire on Nicola Ave. A stump was set and left to burn in a parking lot."
Wood says its the third suspicious fire in that area in recent weeks.
"We are investigating. They were just small fires, but realistically the potential is there for something dangerous to happen, especially with all the homes in that area."
At this time there are no suspects.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.