The Coastal GasLink pipeline project is committed to building positive relationships with landowners, local governments and Aboriginal and local communities.
Since Coastal GasLink was launched in mid-2012, our representatives have met with hundreds of landowners and Crown tenure holders to introduce them to the project. We have had more than 50 meetings with local governments, hosted or assisted at 35 information sessions and open houses and attended dozens of local and regional business events. Through engagement with First Nations, local governments, landowners and the public, the project team has implemented a number of changes to the initial conceptual route, especially near the Lone Prairie, Fraser Lake and Bald Hill communities. We have heard feedback regarding the potential effects of pipeline construction and operation on cattle grazing, trapping, forestry and recreational activities, and the concerns related to providing access to the future right-of-way. We understand the need to work with communities in this regard, as we have for the past 60 years across Canada.
The project team hosted information sessions across northern B.C. in October, 2012 and again in October 2013. We supported the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) at their Coastal GasLink open houses in March 2013 and again in March-April 2014. One suggestion we have heard repeatedly is that the Coastal GasLink pipeline should follow existing development, such as other pipelines, wherever practical. This became a key consideration for the project team in defining the proposed route. We have also fielded many questions about the potential effects of pipeline construction activity on physical infrastructure, such as roads, and on community services such as health care and policing. These issues were addressed in the project application to the EAO. We continue to work with communities and governments to anticipate potential effects and develop plans to minimize them.
An overarching theme that emerged from our engagement has been the importance of pipeline safety and emergency response. Early in the project, our team developed a Pipeline 101 video to help explain our extensive pipeline integrity management program from design through construction and during operations. Safety is our top priority.
First Nations, local governments and communities place a high priority on business opportunities and skills training. Through research, business networking and our vendors registry we have developed an inventory of northern B.C. businesses that we plan to share with our prime contractors when they are engaged. We have also developed a skills training and education plan, and entered into consultations with colleges and training providers in early 2014.
Coastal GasLink keeps local governments and First Nations notified on the status of our environmental and engineering field studies. We will continue to engage and communicate with communities, landowners and Crown tenure holders as these programs progress
We encourage anyone who has an interest in the Coastal GasLink project to contact us through this website. All questions and comments that are submitted receive a response from our team. Please click the “Questions” box on the right-hand side of this page, or call us toll-free at 1-855-633-2011.