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: 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 timing is dependent on a final investment decision (FID) by the joint venture partners of LNG Canada (our pipeline customers). In July 2016, LNG Canada announced that due to the challenges of the current global energy market, their joint venture participants have determined they need more time prior to taking a FID. LNG Canada has assured Coastal GasLink that the project is not being cancelled, but the FID decision planned for the end of 2016 is going to be delayed. At this time LNG Canada cannot confirm when this decision will be made.
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 Aboriginal communities along the proposed pipeline route, and over a third of the 350,000+ hours of fieldwork on the project have been conducted by Aboriginal people. Our team has and will continue to ensure that Aboriginal 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.