At the onset of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, we established a “conceptual corridor” based on aerial inspection, mapping and online information sources.
Starting in mid-2012, Coastal GasLink held numerous meetings with First Nations, local governments, landowners, other land users and community residents, to gather their feedback related to the initial conceptual corridor.
Our 2013 environmental and engineering field studies gave us detailed knowledge of the terrain between the start and end points of the proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline.
In January 2014, Coastal GasLink filed an application with the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO). The application included a detailed description of our proposed route, which was selected based on environmental factors, stakeholder and community feedback and constructability.
The detailed maps that are linked to the map graphic above show the proposed Coastal GasLink route as contained in our Environmental Assessment application.
In October 2014, after a period of public review, the BC EAO accepted Coastal GasLink’s application with conditions, and issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate.
We continued to share information, gather input and incorporate feedback. We are working to be ready to begin construction in 2016, pending a final decision from our customer, LNG Canada.
Coastal GasLink would like to acknowledge the positive advice and expertise that northern B.C. First Nations, local governments, landowners, other land users and community residents have contributed to our Project since its launch.
Applying for an alternate route
After extensive consultation with Aboriginal groups in the area of the Morice River near Houston, we plan on applying for an alternate route November 2015. Both the approved route and the alternate route being proposed are constructible and respect the environment through which we would pass.
Feedback was given by Aboriginal groups about pipeline construction activities south of the Morice River, and the potential effect to the underground springs that feed the river. As we’ve being doing all along, we’ve been seeking opportunities to respond to feedback; this is an example of us listening and responding to that feedback. We will be applying to amend our Environmental Assessment Certificate that we received from the Environmental Assessment Office, and our B.C. Oil and Gas Commission permit. Information on the alternate route has been collected, including environmental, archaeological and engineering data. When deciding on the final route, we will take into account commercial, cultural and environmental considerations, and constructability.