February 14, 2019
As part of our commitment to building our natural gas pipeline safely and sustainably, Coastal GasLink (CGL) will be creating 14 accommodation sites where our employees and contractors will live, while working in rural and remote areas.
By creating these temporary accommodations, we will reduce the need for workers to drive long distances each day, improving safety and limiting traffic on northern roads.
We recognize there are concerns about potential social impacts at these sites. Coastal GasLink has heard those concerns and consulted with First Nations, government and other stakeholders. This feedback is carefully considered and these facilities are designed to the highest standard and will be operated to ensure safe communities.
As part of our commitment to ensuring First Nations participation, contracts were awarded to northern Indigenous businesses, which partnered with workforce accommodation providers for each site. We are proud to be working with First Nations communities and businesses to provide workforce accommodation and security services at these accommodation sites.
Once on site, we will ensure that all workers are kept safe by providing around the clock security and medical services. Security service workers will ensure only approved people are allowed into the fenced area containing the temporary accommodations. In addition, separate living quarters, for men and women, with private washroom facilities will ensure privacy for our employees and contractors.
As our staff will be working six days per week and working in remote areas, we will reduce the need for workers to leave the site by providing full onsite catering, laundry and recreational facilities.
We have engaged with Indigenous and local communities to address various alcohol-related concerns and will continue to work with them throughout construction. Coastal GasLink has a zero-tolerance approach to the possession and use of illegal drugs or unacceptable behaviour, resulting from alcohol or drug consumption. Based on local feedback, our Site 9A workforce accommodation, south of Houston, will not have alcohol on site.
Workforce accommodation, and the accompanying security compliment, is being delivered by Indigenous businesses from the communities along the Right of Way. Working collaboratively with these Indigenous communities allows CGL to implement both site-specific safety measures, as well as delivering its project-wide safety program. For example, in the case of the Lejac Camp, as part of its Project Agreement with CGL, NadlehWhut’en First Nation requested that workforce accommodation be located on one of its Reserves. In the case of Camp 9A, near Houston and located 17 kilometres from what’s known as the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre, the Wet’suwet’en First Nation through its business YLP-Civeo, is providing workforce accommodation and workforce accommodation support services to CGL.
We are committed to addressing any concerns that may arise at these accommodation facilities and, for the first time, Coastal GasLink will be initiating an “Elder in Residence” program at most sites.
Coastal GasLink is committed to ensuring everyone living near and working on the project are treated with respect and are kept safe during construction and operation of the pipeline.
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