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 the 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 groundwater flows into the Morice River. As we’ve been 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.