To prepare for the regulatory process, we conducted over 100,000 hours of environmental field work on or near the entire proposed pipeline route.
There are many facets to the planning for a pipeline and to the regulatory process that we follow.
The Coastal GasLink project is primarily regulated under the Oil and Gas Activities Act (BC Oil and Gas Commission or BC OGC) and the Environmental Assessment Act (Environmental Assessment Office or EAO). The EAO process provides for the thorough, timely and integrated assessment of the potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects that may occur during the life cycle of these projects. And, the process provides for meaningful participation by First Nations, the public, local governments, and federal and provincial agencies.
The BC OGC reviews and assesses applications for industry activity, consults with Indigenous communities, ensures industry complies with provincial legislation and cooperates with partner agencies
EAO documentsOGC documents
Socio-economic Effects Management
Condition #24 of the Environmental Assessment Certificate describes the development and implementation of the Socio-economic Effects Management Plan (SEEMP). The SEEMP identifies the Project’s approach to implementing and monitoring mitigation measures during construction to avoid or reduce potential adverse socio-economic effects on regional and community infrastructure and services. Coastal GasLink submits SEEMP reports twice yearly to provincial agencies, Indigenous communities and local governments. The Plan and reports are linked below:
Status Report 1
Status Report 2
Status Report 3
Status Report 4
Status Report 5
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Coastal GasLink now has all of the major provincial regulatory approvals required for the construction and operation of the proposed pipeline and related facilities. The 10 permits were received between May 2015 and April 2016.
Through 2013, we undertook extensive field work and research as part of a detailed environmental assessment, a step towards an Environmental Assessment Certificate that’s required from the BC Environmental Assessment Office to construct the pipeline.
As part of the preparation for our Application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office, Coastal GasLink developed draft Application Information Requirements (AIR).
Coastal GasLink pipeline project will require other permits to carry out certain aspects of the project, including permits from Fisheries and Oceans Canada in relation to the crossing of fish-bearing streams; and permits from local governments in relation to above-ground structures.
On November 26, 2018, the Coastal GasLink project filed an application for an injunction order with the B.C. courts in order to gain access to the Morice River bridge. On December 13, 2018, project representatives met in front of a B.C. judge in Prince George to present facts/key findings that support this claim.
On December 14, 2018, the B.C. court granted Coastal GasLink with an interim injunction to carry out its pre-construction activities.
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