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Mar 6 2014

Coastal GasLink reaches milestone in EAO application

Posted by Coastal GasLink

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Environmental responsibility: Coastal GasLink has conducted extensive environmental and engineering field studies and is now entering the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office’s public comment period.

A major milestone was reached in January 2014, when Coastal GasLink submitted its application to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The application comes after many months of speaking one-on-one with people in the community, plus thousands of hours of field work.

Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd.’s application consists of more than 7,200 pages of text, maps and tables. The content of the application was directed by the Application Information Requirements (AIR) issued by the EAO in May, 2013. Developing the AIR included a public comment period, open houses, and input from the EAO working group whose members represent federal, provincial and local government and Aboriginal groups.

The EAO held a public comment period from March 21 to May 5, 2014. The EAO is currently preparing a report based on its internal review of the application, input from the working group, and comments received from the public, and will submit recommendations on the proposed Project to the Government of B.C.

The application is available for review on the B.C. EAO website and was also distributed to public libraries across the project area. These include:

  • Burns Lake Public Library
  • Chetwynd Public Library
  • Dawson Creek Municipal Library
  • Fort St. James Public Library
  • Fort St. John Public Library
  • Fraser Lake Public library
  • Houston Public Library
  • Hudson’s Hope Public Library
  • Kitimat Public Library
  • Mackenzie Public Library
  • Prince George Public Library
  • Prince Rupert Public Library
  • Smithers Public Library
  • Terrace Public Library
  • Vanderhoof Public Library

As part of the public comment process, the EAO hosted open houses in Chetwynd, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake and Kitimat.

Public comment was sought to ensure that all potential adverse effects — environmental, economic, social, heritage and health — were identified and considered as part of the assessment process.

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 — 4:30 to 8 p.m.
    Chetwynd & District Recreational Centre — Chetwynd, B.C.

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Fraser Lake Recreational Complex —Fraser Lake, B.C.

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
    Burns Lake Heritage Centre — Burns Lake, B.C.

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 — 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
    Riverlodge Recreation Centre — Kitimat, B.C.

If you have questions about the application or about our Project, please contact our team by email at CoastalGasLink@TransCanada.com, or by calling toll-free: 1-855-633-2011.

View the Introduction to our Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate for an overview of our application and key findings.

Read the news release