Applying for an alternate route
After extensive consultation with Aboriginal groups in the area of the Morice River near Houston, we plan to apply to add an alternate route, and to amend our Environmental Assessment Certificate that we received from the Environmental Assessment Office, and our B.C. Oil and Gas Commission permits. Feedback was given by Aboriginal groups about the potential impact of pipeline construction and operations on ground water flows into the Morice River. As we’ve being doing all along, we’ve been seeking opportunities to respond to feedback; this is an example of us listening and responding to that feedback. Information on the alternate route has been collected, including environmental, archaeological and engineering data.
We are confident both routes could be built, and both options reflect TransCanada’s high standards and commitment to safety and environmental protection. We’ll decide on a final route after we’ve completed the regulatory process, and fully assessed both options. We will apply in November.
Did you know:
- Since the start of the project, our team has had over 9,200 engagements with Aboriginal communities along the proposed pipeline route.
- To date, 25 per cent of the over 320,000 hours of field work is attributed to local Aboriginal participants.
- Through our field programs, we collected information about vegetation, timber, wildlife, wetlands, fisheries and archaeology.