May 10, 2019
Coastal GasLink continues to engage with local communities and had a strong presence all week at the annual North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) AGM and Conference held this year in Williams Lake, B.C. from May 7 to 10, 2019.
In a presentation at the conference, Coastal GasLink’s Pipeline Implementation West Director Dan Bierd, who is responsible for construction of the Western half of the project, said construction is progressing well at various locations across the route.
“We’re grateful for your continued support and excited to be getting to work and providing jobs and opportunities to local and Indigenous communities,” Bierd told the audience. “Our focus through 2019 is preparatory work including field studies, right of way clearing, road access and establishing residences for our workforce.”
With employees who live and work in local communities, Coastal GasLink has continued to engage with local communities as it progresses on this vital natural gas project. The project has a Public Affairs team in place to keep local government, stakeholders, and members of the general public up to date on what’s happening. Since December, the project has completed 11 Regional District Board and Municipal Council presentations with more planned in the next three months. Engagement with local governments is ongoing, and will continue through construction and into operations.
“We’re committed to an ongoing conversation with communities about our project,” said Kiel Giddens, Public Affairs Manager for Coastal GasLink. “Local governments have been a part of project planning since day one, and we know that local knowledge and local solutions have been key to building a better project.”
Coastal GasLink has held over 45 public information sessions, and presented at public meetings to Regional District Boards or Municipal Councils on more than 65 occasions. Local governments participated in the regulatory process, and are consulted regularly as part of Coastal GasLink’s commitment to the Socio-economic Effects Management Plan (SEEMP). The SEEMP identifies Coastal GasLink’s approach to implementing mitigation during construction to avoid or reduce potential adverse socio-economic effects on regional and community infrastructure and services. Ongoing SEEMP engagement activities with local governments will support monitoring and reporting on effectiveness of the mitigation.
“We believe that together, we will create a legacy of safety and respect for all communities and the environment,” said Giddens.