February 27, 2019
On February 27, 2019, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) notified Coastal GasLink of its site inspection findings from January 29, 2019 with respect to work undertaken in the Morice River area.
Coastal GasLink acknowledges the findings of non-compliance on three certificate conditions and is reviewing the EAO order as we assess our next steps. Preliminary construction activities continue at various locations along the 670-kilometre pipeline route in northern B.C. and are not impacted by these orders. Currently more than 200 people are working in the north to progress this project.
In addition, on February 26 during a routine examination of permit conditions, CGL discovered that permitted tree clearing activities in an ungulate (moose) winter range has occurred within the restricted activity period in an area near Kitimat, B.C.
These activities, when discovered, were immediately ceased, the Oil and Gas Commission notified, and a full review commenced into the circumstances of this tree removal.
Coastal GasLink president David Pfeiffer commented on the findings.
“We take compliance very seriously, and we are working with the Environmental Assessment Office to return to compliance on Conditions 17 and 23 of the Certificate. We continue to strive to not only meet, but exceed regulatory requirements.
In addition, we have self-reported to the Oil and Gas Commission that we have removed trees earlier than our permit window allowed near Kitimat.
At Coastal GasLink, we are committed to building and operating this $6.2-billion natural gas pipeline project to the highest standards, in accordance with B.C. regulatory requirements and in recognition of specific Indigenous values.
We will continue to cooperate with the government and our regulators and to engage with all parties as we
To view the EAO documents, click here.