Frequently Asked Questions
You asked. We answered.
Questions below came from various community leaders, First Nations leaders and members, guests at information sessions, landowners, and community members along the pipeline route. Here’s your chance to get the answers to frequently asked questions including information about construction, jobs and safety.
Question:Why is CGL moving forward with an injunction process?
Answer: With the successful announcement of a Final Investment Decision (FID) by our Joint Venture Partners, the Coastal GasLink project needs access to the Morice River bridge and a public access road to begin construction activities. For the Coastal GasLink team, this decision was not taken lightly. Unfortunately, it has become a last resort and a necessary action in our efforts to safely gain access to the Morice River Bridge, after years of attempting to engage the blockade to work through a solution.
Question:Is the pipeline going through the Unistoten camp?
Answer: The proposed pipeline location is approximately 1 km south from the blockaders camp; it does not cross through the camp.
Question:Will those in the camp be relocated?
Answer: Coastal GasLink is only looking for access across a public road. Camp infrastructure will remain in place and those visiting the camp are welcome to stay, as long as we can safely gain access to our pipeline right of way.
Question: Will the pipeline be buried under the ground? How many compressor stations will be constructed?
Answer: The pipeline will be buried at a depth of about a metre, and the project will include the construction of some above-ground facilities. For example, meter stations measure the volume of natural gas moving through the pipeline. Compressor stations are used to increase the gas pressure to transport the gas through the pipeline.
It is expected that the pipeline will require one compressor station at the start of operations. As many as seven could be added along the corridor in the future, depending on the volume of natural gas needing to be shipped.
Question: When will you start construction?
Answer: Construction activities are now set to begin in early 2019 following a positive Final Investment Decision (FID) by the joint venture partners of LNG Canada (our pipeline customers).
Question: How will you make jobs and contracting opportunities available to northern B.C. residents?
Answer: We will create jobs and contracting opportunities to benefit northern B.C., the province and the Canadian economy. Jobs will span a wide range of skill levels and trade specializations, with the greatest demand occurring during the construction phase of the project.
We will employ qualified and economically competitive local contractors and support services where practical. Examples of contracting opportunities may include: equipment rentals and purchases, fuel supplies, construction materials, accommodation and food services, helicopter and aircraft rentals, and more.
Question: What safety precautions are taken where pipelines cross rivers?
Answer: We recognize that waterways, such as rivers, are a particular concern to many communities. Rivers would be crossed using standard pipeline industry techniques that mitigate potential environmental effects and comply with all regulations.
We’ve created a video to help explain how pipeline river crossings are built, and you’ll find more information in our Q&A.
Question: What happens if there is a natural gas leak along the pipeline?
Answer: We use high-quality steel and the best construction practices when building pipelines. All pipe is tested well above normal operating pressure before it is put into operation. Our pipelines are cathodically protected, which means a low-voltage electric current is induced in the vicinity of the pipeline to inhibit external corrosion. Pipelines are monitored 24 hours a day by trained operators who respond immediately to any indication of abnormal operation.
Cleaning and inspection tools called “smart PIGs,” are pushed along inside the pipeline using the pressure of the natural gas itself. These tools gather data for the assessment of pipeline integrity. The information gathered helps shape our pipeline maintenance programs. When anomalies are detected, the pipeline segment in question may be excavated and visually inspected. It is either repaired on the spot or replaced. The pipeline right-of-way is also patrolled on the ground or from the air.
Every year we invest millions of dollars in preventive maintenance and integrity programs that help us proactively identify and upgrade the safety and operation of our energy infrastructure network. However, if an emergency occurs, we quickly confirm the exact location of the emergency and identify affected facilities. Valves spaced at intervals throughout the pipeline system shut off the flow of gas and allow the location to be effectively isolated. We work closely with local emergency service groups, regulatory agencies, landowners, community officials and the media throughout any incident.
Question: How will you communicate the planning and construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline to the community?
Answer: We believe engagement is a two-way process. We encourage British Columbians to share their views and concerns with us through outlets such as this web page.
Where possible, we prefer face-to-face communication with people potentially affected by the project. Our communications and engagement program has included and will continue to include free, public community information sessions; presentations to local government councils and community groups; community engagement brochures, newsletters and information packages; and the project website.
Question: How have you engaged First Nations on your project?
Answer: We are committed to building and maintaining positive relationships with First Nation communities and Métis organizations, and proud of the work we have done to work with all First Nations communities identified along our right-of-way. To date, the Coastal GasLink team has had over 15,000 interactions and engagements with Indigenous communities along the proposed pipeline route, and more than one-third of all the work completed on the project has been conducted by Indigenous people. Our team has and will continue to ensure that Indigenous communities are informed and have opportunities to provide input to the project. We have worked with communities to understand their needs for capacity funding, and will continue to work with First Nations to ensure that their traditional land uses and traditional ecological knowledge are considered in our project planning.
We will ensure that Aboriginal communities are informed about our project and have opportunities to provide input on the project.
24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Coastal GasLink will be monitored.