Clore River Watercourse Crossing with flow and riverbanks restored
Coastal GasLink has completed in-stream works at the Clore River Crossing and flow of the river has been re-instated. Yesterday, we completed in-stream crossing works at the Clore River as scheduled and regular flow of the river has resumed. We continue to work closely with regulators as we wrap up the remaining work on site. Since our last update on January 30th, our regulators, including the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the B.C. Energy Regulator, and the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), have conducted multiple inspections. These demonstrated that work in the river were safely concluded with the highest standards of environmental protection. As we continue to build this critical infrastructure project that has now surpassed 84 per cent completion overall, we will continue to place the safety of the environment, our workforce and surrounding communities as our number one priority.
Coastal GasLink remains steadfast in our commitment to protecting our environment, and we are committed to keeping Indigenous and local communities informed.
To manage the rise in water levels due to higher temperatures last week, we initiated a temporary overflow of our barrier at the Clore River yesterday. Work on site was paused during this activity for our crews to manage the flow of water. The overflow ended as water levels upstream subsided, and isolation was restored the same day. We expect to resume work today.
Qualified environmental inspectors continue to closely monitor the work on site to ensure appropriate sediment control and flood mitigation measures are in place. At this point, there has been no significant increase in turbidity levels or impact to fish and wildlife. Our team continues to assess site conditions.
We informed our regulators and are working with them to ensure we continue to meet the high standards of environmental protection British Columbians expect.
Coastal GasLink is currently completing instream works at the Clore River in accordance with our regulatory permits. Our regulators are closely monitoring progress and at this point have not identified any instances of non-compliance at the work site.
To date, Coastal GasLink has been inspected more than 500 times by regulators, with a satisfactory inspection rate of 90% as reported by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, compared to the industry standard of 82%. We take every opportunity to improve on our track record of environmental protection, and we are committed to working with our regulators to do so.
We welcome the interest by Indigenous and local community members to ensure we are living up to the highest standards of environmental protection, and our team continues to offer safe access to site.
Coastal GasLink is committed to achieving the highest standards of environmental protection across our 670-kilometre project route. We recognize that protecting our environment is a fundamental value for our Indigenous and local community partners, not to mention all British Columbians. It is a value we are committed to as well.
We have approved plans in place for safe work to mitigate potential impacts on people and the environment, especially when we work around bodies of water. At all our work sites, including the Clore River, the work we are doing is fully authorized and permitted by our regulators. We are committed to following all regulations and work with regulators to address any issues.
On average, the project is inspected 12 times a month by regulators. Those inspections help ensure Coastal GasLink is meeting the province’s high regulatory standards and protecting the environment at the Clore River.
Safe access for Indigenous community members is facilitated through a defined process that has been communicated to the Office of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs for House members and elected Wet’suwet’en leadership.
The safety of the environment, our workforce, and Indigenous and local communities continues to be our number one priority.
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