BETHUNE, Canada – A major pipeline project in Saskatchewan will be redesigned after ancient bones were found at the dig site.
TransGas, the pipeline subsidiary of SaskEnergy, says the redesign will minimize impact to the newly discovered cultural lands near Bethune, northwest of Regina.
The company says instead of open digging, it will use trenchless technology and install the new pipeline far deeper to avoid disturbing the area.
TransGas says First Nations Elders and monitors will be on site to give advice on project.
TransGas was installing a transmission pipeline to supply natural gas service to a new potash mine site when bone fragments were unearthed Oct. 15.
Archeologists have determined the remains are human and estimate the bones are more than 1,000-years-old.