Over the past weeks, Coastal GasLink has been reducing our workforce numbers across northern British Columbia, to approximately 400 by the end of last week from 1,200 in February. During the week of March 30, the workforce ramp-down will conclude in advance of the spring thaw, as we have now completed our winter construction program.
To ensure our construction footprint is safe and secure during the spring thaw, we will continue to employ residents and local contractors to perform critical activities, including environmental monitoring, pipe delivery and stockpile. Local contractors will undertake some off right-of-way site preparation and maintenance as the spring thaw does not impact it.
Our teams will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and consult with appropriate health and government authorities before re-commencement of construction, to ensure the safety and health of our workforce, our local Indigenous partners, and local communities.
We are committed to keeping you informed of further developments and urge everyone to follow the direction of our provincial and federal health authorities.
We want to thank Northern Health for the ongoing dialogue, counsel and support provided during these challenging times and wish our workforce, local Indigenous partners, and local communities success in dealing with the challenges of COVID-19. We recognize the significant challenges faced by northern communities and offer our assistance in support of efforts to keep residents safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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