Applying to add an alternate route north of the Morice River to our project is just one example of how we’ve listened to feedback and responded to it.
5 things you need to know about the alternate route:
- We’ve taken Aboriginal feedback regarding a small section of our pipeline near the Morice River into consideration and have applied to amend our Environmental Assessment Certificate that we received from the Environmental Assessment Office, and our B.C. Oil and Gas Commission permits. This means that we’d like our certificate and permits to reflect both route options.
- The alternate route is about 5 km north of our approved route, approximately 56 km long, and addresses concerns we heard about the potential impacts of pipeline construction and operations on ground water flows into the Morice River. Both the approved route and the proposed alternate route have been previously exposed to logging.
- We have been collecting environmental, archaeological and engineering information on the alternate route this year. This work allows us to ensure cultural and historical resources are identified, respected and protected, and so that the project can be designed, constructed and operated safely while respecting the environment.
- We are confident both routes could be built successfully, and both options reflect TransCanada’s high standards and commitment to safety and environmental protection.
- We’ll decide on the final route once we have all of our regulatory approvals, and when we have fully considered both options. This includes more detailed design work on construction planning, taking into account commercial, cultural and environmental considerations, as well as cost and schedule.